You’re invited to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Nova Scotia Seafarmers Digital Series! These 90-minute events explore unique topics that impact the fisheries and aquaculture industry. The series draws on regional and international perspectives to advance the latest thinking in market development, environmental stewardship and climate change, and business readiness in the wake of COVID-19.

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Accessing and Retaining Markets for Your Seafood Products

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Noon to 2:00 PM (AST)

Global seafood markets are constantly evolving, requiring producers to continue to adapt and forecast requirements to stay competitive. Although this has always been a cornerstone of business planning, COVID-19 has amplified the need for businesses to stay agile and be pro-active when markets shift. This webinar provides the latest thinking on global seafood market trends and requirements, focusing on food safety certification and its role in helping producers stay competitive in a turbulent marketplace.


Fred Oickle, FCC


Denise Gurshin, Global Aquaculture Association
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Jennifer Wiper, Cooke Aquaculture
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John Sackton, Seafood Datasearch
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Pam Laffin, Perennia
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New Opportunities in Retail for Seafood Products

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)

One of the most significant impacts of COVID-19 on seafood markets was the accelerated shift in seafood sales from wholesale/food service to retail. Now, and going forward, producers who were well-positioned to fill this surge in retail demand will be positioned to move beyond traditional sales networks. This webinar brings together professionals from the retail sector to discuss current and forecasted retail trends for seafood, as well as producers who continue to tailor their products to meet these trends.


Lynne Godlien, Perennia


Alan Archibald, Archibald Analytics Inc
Devan Zanatta, Cooke Aquaculture

Doug Park, Cedar Bay Grilling Company
Patrick Kelly, Perennia



Advances in Shore-Based Seafood Industry Technology: Addressing Challenges through Modernization

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Noon to 2:30 PM (AST)

As seafood markets continually evolve to meet consumer demands, the processing sector must adapt to remain competitive. Although these trends were witnessed before the pandemic, COVID-19 has accelerated the need for adaptation and flexibility. One way the processing sector can stay ahead of this curve is through new technology and innovative approaches to process engineering. In this webinar, leading innovators will speak to how their companies can assist the Nova Scotia seafood processing sector address issues such as labour shortages, traceability, quality control and food safety.


Peter Norsworthy, Pisces Consulting Limited


Andre Lilebakk, Maritech
Tim Fogarty, Smart Pods
Moira Frier, Sedna Technologies
Philip Nickerson, Aqua Production Systems



Planning for Climate Change

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)

Government, academic and industry representatives from across North America will explore the impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture management and species distribution. This webinar will also explore how the adoption of technology can respond to climate change challenges.


Gregor Reid, CMAR


Jennie Korus, Innovasea
Blair Greenan, DFO
Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute



Marine Debris: Options to Address an Evolving Issue

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)

This webinar will highlight current programs and initiatives addressing marine debris and end-of-life fishing gear, while showcasing aquaculture gear innovations aimed at preventing harmful environmental impacts. NGO, government, and academic panellists will provide an overview of their work in this area.


Alexa Goodman, Co-chair, FGCAC


Krista Beardy, University of New Brunswick
Marcus Goodick
, EnviroCulture Consulting Ltd.
Sarah Da Silva, Environment and Climate Change Canada



Improving Quality and Best Practices in the Live Lobster Industry

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)

Nova Scotia’s live lobster is a high-value product with increasing demand from export markets. To enhance sustainable value-added for this industry, Université Sainte-Anne, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, established the Lobster Quality Research & Innovation Centre. Academics, government, and industry come together in the Centre to address gaps and needs in the live lobster supply chain, from harvest to export. This webinar will highlight the Centre’s various initiatives in applied research, customized training, and quality assurance under the Nova Scotia Seafood brand.


Valérie Lalande, Université Sainte-Anne


Adam Mugridge, NSDA

Daniel Lane, Université Sainte-Anne
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Emilie Knighton, Université Sainte-Anne
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Maira del Mar Duocastella
, Université Sainte-Anne
Michelle Theriault, Université Sainte-Anne


Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing presented in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s Industry Awards

Thursday, April 22, 2021
1 PM to 3 PM (AST)

Join Minister Keith Colwell and Tom Smith, Executive Director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, as they recognize the leaders within the seafood and sportfish industries. Amongst the awards, industry members will be recognized for Product Development and Export Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Industry Developer and Advancer of the Year, Sportfish Conservation and Development.



Accessing and Retaining Markets for Your Seafood Products


Fred Oickle

Fred Oickle is a Senior Relationship Manager for FCC’s Agribusiness and Agri-Food division for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Fred’s customerfocused approach and industry knowledge have helped many Agribusinesses and Food and Beverage processors in the region grow over his past 12 years with Farm Credit Canada. With nearly three decades in the financial services industry, Fred has had the opportunity to work with businesses from the startup phase all the way through to mature corporations. Fred shares his customers passion for the industry that he serves and is proud to be part of the Agriculture and Food industry.   

FCC is the only lender 100% invested in Canadian agriculture and food industries, from those who grow and produce food to processors, entrepreneurs and logistic providers. 


Denise Gurshin
Global Aquaculture Association

Denise Gurshin is the Global Business Development Manager for Supply Chain Engagement for Global Aquaculture Association. Denise manages five Country Coordinators in South East Asia/ South Asia and is responsible for all North American facilities. Her previous experience includes over 18 years as Seafood Procurement Manager in both the corporate and private sectors, High Linder Foods from 2007 to 201and Stavis Seafoods from 2000 to 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Science (MS), Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, from Auburn University, Auburn, AL. 

Jennifer Wiper
Cooke Aquaculture

Jennifer Wiper has nearly 20 years’ experience in the salmon aquaculture industry, currently employed as the Manager, Compliance and Certification for Cooke Aquaculture Inc., based out of Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. A B.Sc. (Aquaculture) graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, Nova Scotia and a born and raised Newfoundlander, she is passionate about farming and its role in meeting global food demand while ensuring that it is done sustainably. Her education led her to a career in the British Columbia salmon farming industry in 2002, where she first began work with certification programs, such as ISO 14001, 9001 and OHSAS 18001 in 2008. 

 Today her experience with Cooke has broadened the scope of certifications to include the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards across the full integrated operations of the global seafood company, among other certifications and recommendation programs such as BRCGS Food Safety, Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program and Ocean Wise Seafood to name a few.  

Outside of her work with certification programs, Jennifer is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Merck Animal Health’s Aqua Care365™ program and is Board Member of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, currently serving as the President Elect. With wideranging experience in the industry, from site worker to fish health to production planning and certification, Jennifer has a broad perspective on and understanding of the industry. She challenges the industry to “do it and do it right.” She believes the industry has a story to tell, one of trial and error but also great accomplishment and undeniable potential.

John Sackton
Seafood Datasearch

John Sackton has worked in the seafood industry for more than 40 years as a writer, editor, speaker, consultant, market analyst, price arbitrator, project manager and seafood importer. 

He is president of Seafood Datasearch and the founder of SeafoodNews, the most widely read daily seafood industry trade publication in North America.  

He does extensive market research, consulting and price arbitration for fisheries in North America, Europe and Asia. Sackton has a particular focus on crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, mussels and whitefish.  

After retiring as publisher, he continues to write his Winding Glass column for SeafoodNews. In addition to his 20 years in the news business, Sackton has maintained an active role speaking and consulting on seafood industry issues.  

His major consulting clients on a multi-year basis include the lobster, crab and shrimp industry in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alaska and Oregon. He has also done work on cod, other groundfish, oysters and mussels, catfish, salmon, Russian crab and U.S. seafood markets for more than one hundred international corporate and government clients during the past 23 years.  

In 2012 he co-founded the annual Global Seafood Market Conference, which has become the U.S. National Fisheries Institute’s premier annual meetingSackton organized the market panels providing detailed outlooks for shrimp, crab, lobster, groundfish, mollusks, scallops, salmon and specialty species. 

He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts, near his three children and three grandchildren.

Pam Laffin

Pam has over 30 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry. After graduating with a Diploma in Quality Control Food Technology, she has worked in various commodities, including anything from dairy to snack foods.  

Pam is familiar with a multitude of acts, regulations, and standards. Throughout her career, she has filled roles in a range of different departments such as quality assurance and product development. She has also completed extensive training in HACCP, BRCGS, SQF, internal auditing, shelf-life determination and grading for milk and fish products. 

As part of Perennia’s Quality and Food Safety Team, Pam assists clients across Atlantic Canada in reaching their quality and food safety goals. This includes helping clients develop, implement and maintain federal and provincial regulatory requirements and GFSI certifications such as BRCGS. 

Pam has been a mentor and a trainer for peers and colleagues, as well as serving as a technical liaison for industry. 

New Opportunities in Retail for Seafood Products


Lynne Godlien, CEO

As Perennia’s CEO, Lynne provides leadership to the company’s various service lines and teams, develops the strategy and vision for the company with the board, and is the chief of team culture, business thinking and empowerment, believing one of her key roles is to encourage team ideas and an openness to the possible. Prior to being appointed CEO, Lynne was Perennia’s Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO and Director of Marketing and Communications. Previous positions have included senior communication and speechwriter positions with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Province of Saskatchewan. She has also worked in corporate and government relations in the private sector in Ottawa. She has a deep passion for business and appreciation and respect for the hard work, commitment and grit that food entrepreneurs need to succeed.  

Perennia is Nova Scotia’s food and beverage development agency. It offers services agriculture production extension and development services, applied research, fisheries and aquaculture development initiatives, quality and food safety services, product development and commercialization services, analytical testing (including cannabis), and training.   


Alan Archibald
Archibald Analytics Inc

Alan Archibald has held executive leadership positions in various facets of the food industry. Currently, he leads Archibald Analytics Inc., a consulting practice established to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) companies fill the gap that often exists when a company has a technically sound product or service but lacks capacity in designing and executing a viable “go to market” strategy. Most of his career has been focused on the particular sales and marketing challenges faced by the seafood industry – including stints in salmon aquaculture in BC, the wild capture fishery in NS and valueadded seafood production in Nova Scotia.

He is currently working with a host of Canadian food and beverage producers and processors to help them develop and grow their businesses, including securing new listings with retailers and foodservice distributors. His current and recent client list over the last 12 months includes a leading value-added seafood processor from the US seeking to secure new listings in Canada, a new seafood startup looking to disrupt the value-added seafood category, a leading Atlantic Canadian flexible packaging manufacturer that services the food industry, a large coffee roaster with aspirations to grow their business and a variety of other SME food producers and processors in Atlantic Canada.  

Previously, as CEO of Lochiel Enterprises Ltd, he guided St. Mary’s River Smokehouses for 12 years until its sale to True North Seafood/Cooke in late 2017. St Mary’s was Atlantic Canada’s largest Atlantic salmon smoking operation focused on the grocery segment. It produced both private label and ownbrand products for leading retailers in both Canada and the US. Known for its product innovation and high-quality focus, St. Mary’s consistently brought new smoked salmon formats to market under the President’s Choice and Sobeys Sensations brands. St. Mary’s won the Best New Product Award at the International Boston Seafood Show in 2013.  

Prior to St. Mary’s, he worked at Clearwater Seafood for 12 years in various roles, including Director of Marketing and New Product Development and later Managing Director of North American Sales.

Devan Zanatta
Cooke Aquaculture

Devan has five years of seafood marketing experience, primarily focused on retail within North America. Currently employed at Cooke Aquaculture’s consumer brand, True North Seafood, as Senior Marketing Manager, she is passionate about branding and retail marketing. Devan has helped bring many products and campaigns to market in Canada and the US, driven by multiple species-specific opportunities, including salmon and shrimp. Working closely with the True North sales team and retailers in North America, Devan is well-versed in what retailers and consumers are looking for in the seafood category, leading to products and campaigns that fit market needs. 

Originally from Vancouver, BC, Devan completed her BBA in Marketing at Vancouver Island University. Upon completing that degree, Devan pursued her MBA at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor. After completing her education, Devan made the move to Saint John, NB, which she now proudly calls home. 

Outside of her career, Devan sits on the Million Dollar Pledge Board, which directs funding towards local initiatives in the Saint John Greater Area. Specifically, this group has provided significant funding for child education programs in the region.  

Doug Park
Cedar Bay Grilling Company

Doug is the Co-founder and Owner of Cedar Bay Grilling Company Ltd.; a successful value add salmon company that produces and ships salmon products across North America and into the UK.  

Prior to the start-up of Cedar Bay, Doug was President and CEO of Tour Eiffel Inc., a specialty meat company located in Quebec. Doug gained his sales, marketing and management skills as a Group Product Manager at McCain Foods in Florenceville, New Brunswick, and Maple Leaf Foods Canada.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is the Buy Local Development Officer for Perennia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. His work on the Buy Local marketing team over the past year has contributed to the development of effective marketing initiatives aimed at creating a recognizable brand for Nova Scotians to feel confident in their decisions when purchasing high quality, locally grown and produced, Nova Scotia food and beverages. In partnership with Taste of Nova Scotia, the “Get Your Hands on Local” program is growing substantially in its reach and recognition throughout the province. 

Advances in Shore-Based Seafood Industry Technology: Addressing Challenges through Modernization


Peter Norsworthy
Pisces Consulting Limited

Peter Norsworthyis President of Pisces Consulting Limited with demonstrated skills in all facets of the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry. Peter Norsworthy has participated in hundreds of seafood project initiatives during his 34 years as an industry consultant and seven years working in operational and executive roles for a vertically integrated multi-national seafood firm.  

Pisces Consulting Limited is an Atlantic Canadian seafood consulting firm specializing in fishery sustainability initiatives, at-sea scientific data collection, processing facility acquisitions and divestitures, identification of automated process solutions and plant layouts, project feasibility assessments, systems design and implementation, training programs, compliance review, management consulting, and inspection of fish products and plants.   

Pisces has three permanent associate staff and works with numerous associate firms to provide specialization across all spectrums of the seafood industry. Also, Pisces has ten seasonal staff providing at-sea and field scientific data collection and research activities. 

Pisces staff have participated in more than 1,000 consulting assignments for clients from three levels of government, educational institutions, processors, fish harvesting associations, processor associations, banking institutions, investment companies, Aboriginal communities and governments, insurance adjusters and receivers. 

With a passion for helping others succeed, Pisces strives to understand a clients needs and match those needs with innovative solutions and approaches.   


Andre Lilebakk
Director IoT Maritech

Mr. Lillebakk is an experienced technology leaderserial entrepreneur and business development professionalresponsible for the global Maritech offering of solutions and services related to the Internet oThings (IoT)His innovative mindset, background and extensive expertise in IoT, automation and business process improvement are of high value to Maritech, where Lillebakk has a key role in both strategic and operational processes. He is leading the development and innovation related to Smart Production in the seafood industry, such as solutions for aquaculture cages, production and processing facilities, land-based farming and smolt hatcheries, where sensors, automation and insights from an IoT-platform can result in radical improvements related to capacity optimization, energy consumption, cost reductions and maintenance planning. Another example is the recently launched Maritech Eye, a hyperspectral camera, cabinet and software solution which may revolutionize the entire seafood industry. The solution is the only one in the world enabling automated quality analysis and species recognition of whole white fish in industrial speed. It is the result of an innovation project carried out by Maritech, research institute Nofima, NEO, Lerøy Norway Seafood and Lerøy Havfisk, based on 17 years of research by Nofima. 

Mr. Lillebakk started his career as an entrepreneur and automation professional, followed by leading roles in the engineering company Axess AS. As Co-Owner and Global ICT Director, he played a key role in the company´s rapid global expansion. Today Axess has 280 employees worldwide and is working with the leading players in a wide range of industry sectors — oil and energy, FPSO, offshore drilling, SURF and renewables industry.  

Mr. Lillebakk co-founded and had the role as CTO in the Norwegian tech company Lillebakk AS, which specialized in the field of automation and industrial IoTLillebakk AS developed a range of industrial IoT solutions and the IoT platform LINSiGHT, which is applicable for a wide range of industries and is now integrated into Maritech´s product portfolio and Smart Production concept.   

In 2017, Maritech became the majority shareholder in Lillebakk AS, and the two companies formed a close strategic partnership cooperating in several projects related to IoT, automation and analytics. When Maritech acquired and integrated 100 % of Lillebakk in the first half of 2020, Andre Lillebakk took on the role of Director IoT in Maritech.

Tim Fogarty
Smart Pods

With a background in computer programming, Tim Fogarty started his career early in automation with an innovative company Micro-optics Design. This company was a pioneer in developing highend automation technologies for the optical industry with customers like Oakley and Walmart. Early exposure to this development allowed a career to spin into a few automation companies with projects varying from a multitude of manufacturing industries and technologies. The exposure to technologies such as dispensing, winding, dosing, weighing, packing, conveying, picking and vision inspection allows for full solutions for any industry. This experience leverages an awareness of the risk mitigation and go-no-go project management strategy to limit the costs exposure to failure when rapid prototyping. A team focus on problemsolving and risk mitigated approach has allowed successful projects to be expedited to customers.  

AREA 52 Ltd., founded by Tim, was created to expand on these custom automation technologies and port them into customizable and reusable products. With the continued development of high technologies and solutions, Area52 can rapidly prototype and provide quick turnaround solutions for customers. In conjunction with managing various technical manufacturing challenges into solutions, the associated navigation of funding support through Government and other entities can be aligned.   

Under Area52, current patented products developed entail: Material handling such as food industry conveying and pick-place; under the Crustaceans species: Cutting and Scoring, Splitting and Washing, Automatic Netting and High-Pressure Washing Systems. Monitoring the plant floor with IIOT/Digitization for metrics and returning business analytics in a format for quick responses to productivity and maintenance is also a product offering quickly expanding to industry.    

Tim continues to drive and push solutions to industry with a constant evolution of learning and technologies to accomplish the much-needed automation required to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Complex problems require relentless persistence in solving a high-volume production to gain efficiencies and/or labour costs reduction. We welcome the manufacturing challenges ahead with innovative technologies.

Moira Frier
Sedna Technologies

Moira Frier is a strong consulting professional with a background in Industrial Engineering Technology. She is a project manager at Sedna Technologies and is passionate about working in the seafood and aquaculture industry. She works directly with clients to analyze diverse business operations and provide technology-based solutions.

Sedna specializes in a network of IoT sensors and ERP business applications with a goal to enhance and improve the seafood supply chain. Working in Atlantic Canada, Eastern US, Australia, New Zealand and Norway, Sedna has a large network of clients ranging from harvesters to buyers, processors and exporters.

Philip Nickerson
Aqua Production Systems

Philip Nickerson, P.Eng., is an aquaculture engineer and the founder and president of Aqua Production Systems (APS). Some days he is known as Aquaman, other days as ‘the efficiency guy.’  He has brought a hands-on education in marine fish farming to the lobster holding systems he designs. The designs and technology APS brings to the lobster industry have debunked industry myths and are setting a new bar for survival and success in shipping live lobster worldwide. His factbased, engineering approach makes sure that every lobster in the tank has the water quality needed to survive to market. His customers regularly brag that they can write zero credits when shipping live lobster overseas. His systems are also known for reducing energy bills by 40-60%. Phillip’s unique combination of expertise provides the aquaculture industry with certainty in a typically uncertain business.

Peter Norsworthy, Pisces Consulting Limited (bio to follow)

Planning for Climate Change


Gregor Reid

Gregor has over two decades of experience in aquaculture sustainability and environmental research, working with multiple species in freshwater and marine systems. Initially, he investigated environmental monitoring methods for net pen trout culture in the Great Lakes for his Ph.D. research at the University of Guelph. This was followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in integrated aquaculture with the University of New Brunswick and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He was the lead researcher for projects with the NSERC Strategic Network – the Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network. He has pursued field and laboratory research with DFO on ecological interactions of aquaculture and climate change implications for fisheries and aquaculture. Gregor has also served as acting Manager of Aquaculture Operations for the province of Nova Scotia. 


Blair Greenan 
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Bedford Institute of Oceanography 

Dr. Blair Greenan is a research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2012, Blair co-managed a large research group to assess the vulnerabilities, opportunities and impacts of climate change throughout the Atlantic Basin. His research has recently focused on developing climate change adaptation tools to provide science advice to DFO on issues related to coastal infrastructure and fisheries management. 

Blair manages a diverse group of researchers that focus on ocean stressors ranging from marine oil spills to climate change effects such as ocean acidification. He is the Scientific Director for the Argo Canada program, which contributes to the International Argo program in advancing global real-time observations of the ocean with autonomous instruments. Blair received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. 

Jennie Korus

Jennie Korus is an aquaculture scientist at Innovasea and part of the Aquaculture Intelligence team in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she has worked for the past three years. After completing a combined honours degree in Marine Biology and Statistics from Dalhousie University, Jennie participated in the Visiting Students Research Program at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). There she worked on a telemetry project studying the movement ecology of Whale Sharks in the Red Sea. Discovering her interest in ocean technology, she then completed an Advanced Diploma in Ocean Technology at NSCC.   

In 2020, Jennie started working towards her master’s in Oceanography at Dalhousie with a focus on fish stress and environmental monitoring on aquaculture farms under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Grant. As an aquaculture scientist, Jennie is interested in the role that data and technology play in our understanding of fish production and welfare. She is a firm believer in the development of sustainable aquaculture practices to meet the worlds’ growing demand for protein sources. In her spare time, you can find Jennie on the frisbee field or playing fetch with her miniature-dachshund Howie. 

Kathy Mills
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Dr. Katherine Mills is a research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. She earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources at Cornell University. As a quantitative fisheries ecologist, Kathy studies marine ecosystem changes and fish-ecosystem-fishery relationships, focusing on the Gulf of Maine and Northeast US Shelf regions. Specifically, her research investigates (1) how physical and ecosystem conditions are changing; (2) how these changes affect fish populations, biological communities and marine fisheries; and (3) how fisheries and fishing communities can effectively respond 

Much of her work is interdisciplinary, seeking to understand and inform management of fisheries as coupled social-ecological systems. This research integrates climate, ecological, social and economic information to link changes in the ecosystem to societal outcomes. Climate adaptation within marine fisheries has become a major recent focus, with emphases on assessing vulnerabilities, evaluating adaptation strategies and providing new forms of information to support forward-looking planning by fishery participants, fishing communities and fishery managers. She is currently leading a global working group on Climate Resilient Fisheries to develop information, approaches and tools for assessing and enhancing resilience to climate impacts in marine fisheries. 

Marine Debris: Options to Address an Evolving Issue


Alexa Goodman (she/they)
Co-chair, FGCAC 

Alexa Goodman is an established regional Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) expert in Atlantic Canada with publications on the subject in Marine Pollution Bulletin (Goodman et al., 2020) and in Ocean and Coastal Management (Goodman et al., 2019), with numerous media engagements. They completed a Master of Marine Management at Dalhousie University (2018), where their research focused on managing abandoned, lost and discarded lobster fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy. Alexa Co-Chair’s the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada and has completed a Comprehensive Report for the Coalition overviewing the State of ALDFG in the Canadian Maritimes, and is Coastal Action’s Ghost Gear Project Coordinator.  

Alexa’s background is in marine biology and environmental sustainability (BSc.). They have worked with Fundy North Fishermen’s Association on their Ghost Gear Retrieval Project (2018) and on George’s Bank with Atlantic Catch Data as a fisheries observer (2017). Alexa has also worked as a research assistant with the Marine Affairs Program and School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University as well as with the Nova Scotia Community College on aquaculture and marine debris related projects, is a Sustainable Oceans Alliance Youth Leader and Mentor and is the founder and CEO of Stop Trashing It Network. 


Krista Beardy
University of New Brunswick

Inspired by 12 years of experience as a kayak guide and nature interpreter, Krista Beardy pursued an education that focused on marine pollution issues in Atlantic Canada. As the Marine Debris Program Coordinator for southwestern New Brunswick, Krista made public education and community collaboration a top priority. She conducted community shoreline clean-ups and work shops and addressed public schools, government organizations, fishing associations and organized marine education events and initiatives. This includes the launch of the Debris-Free Fundy program and the initiation of the region’s first wharf-side rope recapture/recycle program aimed at the reduction of commercial plastics in the marine and coastal environment.  

Krista is currently an MSc candidate and research associate with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. With a solid background in coastal and marine ecosystem health, her current research in the field of marine pollution focuses on microplastic concentration in the intertidal sediments and the potential for impact on benthic dwelling species in both the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of St. Lawrence regions. Her work has garnered continuing support from the government of New Brunswick, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Her work has been featured in regional television, CBC Radio, as well as in local print media. 

Marcus Goodick
EnviroCulture Consulting Ltd.

Marcus is a respected environmental professional with more than 20 years of experience helping businesses improve their management of end-of-life materials and close the loop on “waste.”  

In 2015 he founded his own company, EnviroCulture Consulting Ltd., and by applying his leadership and problem-solving skills, he continues to deliver successful projects to a diverse clientele, including small and large businesses, institutions and non-government organizations 

Since July of 2020, Marcus has been leading the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada’s (FGCAC) project to find better ways to manage end-of-life fishing gear in Eastern Canada. This is a two-year project funded primarily through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2019 he led an innovative proof of concept project for Goodwood Plastic Products, as part of an Infrastructure Development Canada Challengeto incorporate end-of-life fishing and aquaculture plastics such as ropefish tubs and buoys into plastic lumber.

Prior to his consulting role, Marcus was the Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability at Bell Aliant for eight years, where he worked collaboratively to integrate more sustainable business practices into the organization. He also worked for five years with Halifax Regional Municipality’s Solid Waste-Resources Department helping businesses implement recycling and organics programs. Marcus holds a Masterdegree in Resource and Environmental Studies (2002) from Dalhousie University and was named a member of Canada’s 2013 Clean 50, honouring outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada. Marcus recently served two terms on the Board of Divert Nova Scotia, who manages the tire and beverage container stewardship programs in the province and served seven years on the Board at Clean Foundation. 

Sarah Da Silva
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Sarah Da Silva is the Head of the Marine Litter Unit of Environment and Climate Change Canada, serving as a departmental expert on plastic pollution. Since 2015, she has focused on marine litter and waste. Sarah has represented the Government of Canada for marine litter issues domestically and within multiple international fora including the G7, G20, United Nations, Arctic Council and the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She is currently the co-chair of the Global Partnership on the Marine Litter steering committee. Her work focuses on advancing this issue through policy development, research and coordination. Sarah has also spent over five years working on Great Lakes issues, primarily the restoration and implementation of Remedial Action Plans for four Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Improving Quality and Best Practices in the Live Lobster Industry


Valérie Lalande
Universite Sainte-Anne

Valérie manages Université Sainte-Anne’s industry and community engagement initiatives since 2017. Holding a masters degree in Molecular Biology with a specialization in industrial microbiology, Valérie has extensive applied research experience. She worked alongside industry partners at post-secondary institutions in Quebec and Nova Scotia in the Fisheries and Aquaculture, Transportation and Agriculture sectors. Valéries work with Université Sainte-Anne now focuses on making meaningful connections between the universitys researchers and industries, government and other post-secondary institutions across Atlantic Canada. Valérie also leads the innovation and entrepreneurship activities for undergraduate students, focusing on topics related to Bio-Innovation such as Fisheries, Agri-Food and Natural Resources. 


Adam Mugridge

Adam Mugridge is a fisheries biologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture based in his hometown of Sydney, Nova Scotia. He began his career with NSDFA as a Coastal Resource Coordinator for Cape Breton and Victoria Counties in June 2018. A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Marine Biology program, Adam spent 13 years working in the commercial fishery in Cape Breton prior to his role with NSDFA. Here, he gained a great deal of experience in several diverse fields of the seafood industry, including new fisheries development and fisheries management issues, innovation within the industry, fish processing, sales and marketingaquaculture and species at risk concerns.

As fisheries biologist, Adam spends much of his time on lobster science issues and projects aimed at improving the quality within Nova Scotia’s live lobster industry and, ultimately, increasing the value of the fishery within the province. 

Daniel Lane
Universite Sainte-Anne

Dr. Lane is Interim Director of Université Sainte-Anne’s Lobster Quality Research and Innovation Centre (LQRIC) and Professeur associé, Département des Sciences with the Marine Research Centre at the Petit de Grat Campus, Cape Breton. His research focuses on decision-making processes, simulation modelling and control of dynamic systemin the management of Canadas coastal zone, including coastal climate change, fisheries, aquaculture and oceans policy analysis. His current research is on the modelling and analysis of quality for live lobster and value enhancement of the Nova Scotia commercial lobster sector. 

 In 2016, Dr. Lane retired as Professor Emeritus after 30 years at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa. He is the recipient of numerous research grants, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Individual Operating and Discovery Grants (1986-2016), Network Investigator to the National Centre of Excellence on Aquaculture, AquaNet (2004-2005), Principal Investigator and Chair of the Oceans Management Research Network (OMRN, since 2005), a Joint Initiative Program of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He was Co-Director (Canada) of the IDRC-SSHRC International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) “C-Change” project (2009-2015) entitled Managing Adaptation to Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Ocean Institute (IOI)–Canada and a former member of the board of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network.  

He has published peer-reviewed papers in Operations ResearchOPTIMUM, the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the European Journal of Operational ResearchINFOR, and the American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences. He has prepared proceedings for the World Fisheries Congress, major reports for the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) on quota management systems, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Fisheries Committee on the evolution of fisheries management performance and fisheries management and climate change. 

He resides in Arichat, Cape Breton, with this wife Patricia, proud grandparents to Jillian and Matthew of Whitby, Ontario, whom they have not seen since before the pandemic.

Emilie Knighton
Universite Sainte-Anne

Emilie is a Laboratory Technician at Université Sainte-Anne’s LISI Lab in Nova Scotia. She earned her BSc in Biology and Aquatic Resources from St. Francis Xavier University and has a passion for field and lab work leading to her working protometal upon Nova Scotia’s West coast. Emilie was a recipient of the 2020 McKenna Fellowship for her leadership and interest in sustainable development. As a research scientist, her key interests are based upon the interactions between marine organisms, their environment and industry.   

In 2019, Emilie investigated introducing the Ocean Truffle industry in Nova Scotia, sustainably and population growth for long-term harvesting and the economic feasibility. Recently she has taken part in orchestrating bio-acoustic surveys of herring stocks alongside herring fisherman to understand the relationship between the spawning times, fishing patterns and providing data for future fishing quotas. This experience has provided a unique perspective on where science and industry meet.  

Currently, Emilie is investigating physiological and biomarkers within American Lobsters under Dr. Mohammadi Kaouass. The research focuses on identifying different methods that can be utilized to quantify the anthropogenic stresses on key lobster populations. The LISI Lab works with Sainte-Anne’s undergraduate students in further developing their research skills and experiences through hands-on training and the pursuit of research. 

Maira del Mar Duocastella
Universite Sainte-Anne

Maria is an industrial chemical engineer and has been working with quality, safety and environmental management systems for over a decade, from implementation to maintenance and audit, in a wide diversity of industries. She has been living and working in Nova Scotia for the past five years and currently acts as Manager of the Live Lobster Quality Certification Program at Université Sainte-Anne.

Michelle Theriault
Universite Sainte-Anne

Michelle Theriault is the Director of Université Sainte-Anne’s Marine Research Center and satellite campus in Petit de Grat, NS, and has over 25 years of experience in the lobster industry. She completed a BSc. in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University and an industry sponsored Masters of Science in Veterinary Medicine from UPEI. Michelle spent the first ten years of her career as a lobster biologist and biology manager at a live lobster storage facility in Nova Scotia, as part of a team responsible for quality and inventory management for several millions of pounds of lobster per year. Michelle was instrumental in establishing the Marine Research Centre, a self-funded Centre known for specialization with American Lobster. This Center conducts applied research and training to support economic growth and development within the fishing and aquaculture industries in Nova Scotia, including the development and delivery of the Nova Scotia Lobster Handling Courses. 

Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing presented in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s Industry Awards

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