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Gardening Below the Surface: Nemo’s Garden

Kiara Vallier Aquaculture, Industry News, Opinion Pieces, Underwater Discovery and Research Leave a Comment

As I continue my work here at Deep Trekker I have had the opportunity to learn more and more about the relationship between growing crops and the ocean. This relationship does not just stop at farming finfish and shellfish species- it deals with plants too! With work being focused on Aquaponics, the idea that the ocean and its available nutrients …

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The Future of Farming Wolfeel and Rockfish

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Shannon Balfry, the Director of the Aquatic Animal Breeding program at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center (VAMSC) continues her research on the feasibility of introducing rockfish and wolfeel into the aquaculture industry. With wild populations declining on the West Coast of Canada, Balfry has geared her recent research toward determining if farming these species is a viable option. The …

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Farm Escape Prevention Practices

Kiara Vallier Aquaculture, Industry News, Opinion Pieces, Tutorials and Tips Leave a Comment

With the recent news coverage of over 16 000 escaped farmed salmon in Europe, the importance of escape prevention is made even more prominent in today’s aquaculture industry. By providing the majority of the world’s fish for food, the global aquaculture industry needs to place escape prevention high on its list of priorities. While the effectiveness of escape prevention and …


Offshore Drilling: How to Lose a Partner in 10 Days

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An awful reference to a 2003 Matthew McConaughey movie?  Check.  And I apologize. Pemex has been in the news again however causing their current and potential private drilling counterparts to question them as partners in future ventures. “Akal-H” a platform in the supergiant oil field Cantarell experienced a fire and explosion (Reuters 2015).  The incident did not result in any casualties. The …

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These Three Steps: Water Loss Control Program

Cody Warner Industry News, Infrastructure, Tutorials and Tips Leave a Comment

Obtaining access to clean water is a problem for many developing nations around the world, but there is a different water crisis that is occurring in all of the wealthiest nations: leaks.  Not just a little leak.  It is estimated that the United States loses almost 8 trillion liters of water a year to leaks in the aging and faulty water systems …

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Happy Sea Turtle Day!

Kiara Vallier Industry News, Opinion Pieces, Underwater Discovery and Research Leave a Comment

According to the NOAA today is Sea Turtle Day. Did you know that these astonishing creatures have been around for 110 million years- that’s as long as the dinosaurs! Their shells are streamlined for swimming and unlike other species of turtles, sea turtles cannot actually retract their legs and head into their shells. Neat huh? In honour of Sea Turtle Week (and …

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Congratulations Aquaculture Award Recipients

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The Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards took place last week in Edinburgh attracting farmers, scientists, researchers, suppliers and aquaculture leaders to commemorate some of the hard work that was put into Scotland’s aquaculture industry. The ceremony has been taking place since 2008 and is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of industry professionals in the Scottish Aquaculture world. Here at Deep Trekker, …


The Power of One Percent

Cody Warner Commercial / Salvage, Infrastructure, Oil and Energy, Tutorials and Tips Leave a Comment

It is very easy for companies to fall into a habit of “this is how we have always done it” or “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” There are many articles, motivational posters, white papers, blogs and cartoons all across the online media world outlining the downfall of stagnation in business.  There are also many more advocates for innovation …

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Sturgeon Studies

Kiara Vallier Aquaculture, Industry News, Opinion Pieces, Underwater Discovery and Research Leave a Comment

On our last day in British Columbia last week a few of us from the Deep Trekker team had the opportunity to tour the aquaculture department at the Vancouver Island University. We had the chance to see a number of tropical species along with species that are native to Canada. We saw their facilities including their hatchery tanks, aquaponics centre …

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Experiencing a Marine Harvest Salmon Farm

Kiara Vallier Aquaculture, Industry News, Opinion Pieces 2 Comments

Last week, our team had the pleasure of attending the Aquaculture Canada 2015 conference in British Columbia. During the conference we had the chance to learn about the aquaculture industry from a number of different professionals, site managers, researchers, scientists and students. As the days progressed we became more and more excited about an opportunity we had to visit a Marine …


World Oceans Day

Amanda Coulas Industry News, Underwater Discovery and Research Leave a Comment

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. Our oceans provide 80% of our oxygen, all of us must do our part in order to protect it. What can you do? Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet 1. Reduce your Carbon Footprint There is more and more CO2 in our oceans everyday. Even though each …

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Mitigating Risk through Proactive Inspection

Cody Warner Industry News, Infrastructure, Tutorials and Tips Leave a Comment

Water treatment facilities are extremely elaborate systems.  These systems are designed to take the most unimaginably filthy water and make it crystal clear and drinkable, with no mistakes perpetually.  The problem with this model is that when issues are discovered in the system and they need to be fixed, you cannot just turn off the taps for a few hours without …

Yangtze River China Shipwreck Disaster

A Look Back: Shipwrecks Throughout History

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Late Monday night an Eastern Star pleasure cruise ship overturned in a vicious storm and tornado in the Yangtze River, leaving over 400 people still unaccounted for, hopefully in the air pockets of the cruise ship.  This is a not-so-gentle reminder of how unpredictable the waters are and how dangerous it can be for people to travel through them.  This …


Top 5: Water Projects of the Future

Cody Warner Aquaculture, Infrastructure, Oil and Energy, Opinion Pieces 1 Comment

Working with technology in water all day makes you feel like an expert on the matter.  The Age of Technology has developed some wonderful ways to connect the world, but as we progress into a time where resources deplete, we look to technology to protect and create food, water, and energy.  Here’s a look at five technological breakthroughs that will …

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Salmon Farming in British Columbia

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As we prepare and pack up for our trip to Nanaimo, BC this weekend for Aquaculture Canada 2015 we wanted to share some background on the area where we are headed. British Columbia is home to a number of aquaculture farms that contribute to a major portion of global fish production. The industry has been present in the area for …

Canada Atlantic Aquaculture

A look into Canadian Atlantic Aquaculture

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One of the most common misconceptions among Canadians surrounding aquaculture is probably that the people who work in the industry do not care about sustainability or the environment. In reality there are a number of members working directly in the industry who are advocates for sustainable and healthy farming practices. We are going to explore the world of Canada’s Atlantic …

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The Importance of Climate Change for Aquaculture

Kiara Vallier Aquaculture, Industry News, Underwater Discovery and Research 1 Comment

The aquaculture industry produces almost half of the food that the world consumes and that number is still growing. As demand for fish continues, the aquaculture industry is used in conjunction with wild fisheries in order to help meet the global demand for fish and rebuild our Earth’s wild fish stocks. On top of providing a large portion of the …