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On 13 June 2007, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Science for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the official launch of the Centre for Integrated Aquaculture Science (CIAS), a virtual Centre of Expertise for aquaculture research that involves staff from DFO facilities across Canada. The CIAS Secretariat, composed of the Director and Manager, is located at the St. Andrews Biological Station.
The CIAS is the focal point of knowledge development for aquaculture within DFO. By leading the coordination and implementation of DFO’s national aquaculture research program, the CIAS will enable the generation and provision of sound scientific information available for policy and decision makers to best develop and manage the aquaculture sector.
Research of the CIAS will focus on an integrated, ecosystem-based management framework, meaning all facets of departmental knowledge, including oceans, habitat and ecosystem science, and aquaculture production science, will be incorporated to deliver, quality and unbiased scientific knowledge pertaining to aquaculture. The CIAS also will facilitate collaboration among aquaculture scientists across Canada, within an integrated research framework, to leverage expertise, improve efficiency, and minimize duplication.
The CIAS research activities will support the over-arching vision of "Ecosystem Friendly Production", which is in line with DFO's vision for sustainable development of aquaculture in Canada. Research efforts will be focused on the aquaculture priorities of the department, including those related to improving aquaculture governance and enhancing sustainable aquaculture production.