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New laboratory at Vancouver Island University aims to strengthen British Columbia's fisheries

30 January 2019, at 3:47p.m.

The lab at VIU seeks to incorporate traditional knowledge and scientific innovation to enhance the social and economic well-being of coastal communities

The new Centre for Innovation in Fish Health on Vancouver Island plans to support the next generation of scientists who will ensure B.C.’s fisheries are healthy for the long term.

Researchers studying shellfish
Researchers studying shellfish

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The new laboratory at Vancouver Island University (VIU) also aims to tackle climate change issues which are threatening the sustainability of coastal communities that depend socially and economically on fisheries.

The lab is being developed to meet the federal regulations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Aquatic Animal Pathogen Level 2.

This level of biosecurity can accommodate research into a broad range of diseases relevant to fish in B.C. while maintaining high standards of safety, the B.C. government said.

Read the full story at: SeaWestNews