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Growth In Research

Our projects at Huntsman are all applied in principle, exclusively involve contracts with external clients, completed with the utmost of confidentiality, and document results following the principles of Good Laboratory Practices. We do everything within our power at Huntsman to ensure the core principles of research and marine stewardship are upheld.

The Huntsman’s capacity to complete studies in marine biology has grown significantly over the past 10 years with projects presently ongoing within 8 buildings that give access to 20+ biosecure areas, including two environmental control rooms with running water and aeration. It is our plan to continue to grow these efforts and continue our push to become Atlantic Canada’s premier destination for aquatic science research.

The range of projects that are possible in these facilities is incredibly vast and includes, amongst others:

  • freshwater, brackish, and natural saltwater;
  • flow thru to advanced recirculation systems;
  • broad array of tank sizes and configurations available;
  • laboratory proof-of-concept thru pre-commercial-scale capacity;
  • family-based broodstock set-up and management;
  • fish health management studies, including infection models for sea lice and other pathogens;
  • environmental toxicology research;
  • micro- and macro-algal grow-out at significant scale;
  • live feeds capacity including 1 billion rotifers and 100 million Artemia daily; and,
  • field study support capability, especially associated with the local aquaculture industry.

Research Scientists

Research at the Huntsman Aquatic Services is led by highly regarded Research Scientists including:

Amber Garber

Amber received her PhD from North Carolina State University with a focus on breeding and genetics. Her experience and expertise has secured Huntsman’s position as a leader throughout Atlantic Canada in establishing and managing selective breeding programs for cultured aquatic species. Her commercial broodstock development experience has included hybrid striped bass, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, and rainbow trout. Her studies on population genetics and stock enhancement have included wahoo, cobia, red snapper, and brook trout. Her involvement has included spawning and breeding matrices, trait assessment and pathogen challenges, and estimation of breeding values and heritability.

Les Burridge

Les joined the Huntsman Aquatic Services team following an extended career as a Research Scientist with the federal Fisheries & Oceans Canada. His expertise is primarily focused on environmental toxicology and his research is well recognized globally and is associated with the effects of contaminants in the aquatic environment on invertebrate and finfish species. His commercial research activities at the Huntsman involve collection of data to support commercial regulatory applications and risk analysis focused on contaminants in the aquatic environment.

Duane Barker

Duane is established as a New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Innovative Aquatic Bioscience. His research expertise provides a complementary focus to others in the department and is directed towards fish health management and environmental toxicology studies. He has completed research with numerous aquatic species, including Atlantic salmon, Atlantic cod, halibut, winter flounder, American eel, Pacific oyster, blue mussel, and manila clams. These studies have focused on sea lice as vectors of bacterial and viral pathogens, parasites as indicators of environmental contaminates and chronic stress, diagnostics, species-specific molecular & cellular immunological responses after exposure to sea lice, histopathology, and anaesthetic efficacy trials.

Technicians & Managers

Our facilities and Research Scientists are supported by a highly skilled, educated, and dedicated pool of technicians and managers. Each has the appropriate experience and education that allows them to complete Study Plans tasks that continually meet client needs. Staff members hold various certificates and continuing education credits associated with project specific tasks (e.g., Pest Applicator License, Level III Sea Lice Counter & Auditor course, Experimental Fish Course, and others).

Animal Care & Good Laboratory Practice

All studies completed by the Huntsman are approved by an Animal Care Committee and clients may request that projects be conducted following established Good Laboratory Practice standard operating procedures associated with documentation and performance.

Huntsman’s in-house Research Scientists and a broad array of outside clients from government, NGOs, and industry make use of Huntsman Aquatic Services capacity and facilities to address pressing questions and meet government data requirements. If you have additional questions about our capacity and facilities, please contact us.

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