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Dr. René Lavoie

Dr. Lavoie received his Ph.D. in Benthic Ecology from Laval University in 1970. His involvement with fisheries and aquaculture started in 1971 when he took charge of the research required for the management of wild oyster stocks in the three Maritime provinces. Soon after, the close relationship between wild and cultivated oyster populations brought him responsibility for shellfish leasing and oyster culture research. In 1983, he was part of the group which founded the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC), a charter member and director. In 2002, the ACC presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to aquaculture in Canada and abroad. He has written the chapter on Oyster culture for both editions of the book entitled, “Cold Water Aquaculture in Atlantic Canada”. His services have been retained as expert consultant on fisheries research and aquaculture in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Dr. Lavoie regularly represents DFO Science on the Council of the Atlantic Provinces Inter-University Council on the Sciences (APICS) and was a founding member of its Aquaculture Committee. He continues to foster cooperation with international organisations like IFREMER, universities and First Nations. After being Assistant Director of the Maritimes Sciences for several years, he became and curently is currently Manager of the Invertebrates Fisheries Division, Science Branch, Maritimes Region for Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

For more information, please email Dr. Lavoie or contact him at the address below.

Bedford Institute of Oceanography / Institut océanographique de Bedford
PO Box 1006, Dartmouth NS B2Y 4A2 / C. P. 1006, Dartmouth N.-E. B2Y 4A2
Tel (902) 426-2147, Fax / télécopieur (902) 426-1843

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