12-Nov-2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
November 12, 2020 | 1:00PM – 2:00 PM EDT / 10:00AM - 11:00AM PST

Finding Nemo … Suffering? Aquatic Life Support Systems, a Brief Insight into Their Operation and Management

Presenter: Dr Chris Harvey-Clark & John Batt 


It is important to understand that every aspect of an Aquatic Life Support System (LSS) and its operation is interlinked.  System design, operation, staff training, fish species, quality of fish, biosecurity and food all impact the performance of an LSS.  LSS performance directly impacts fish health and any failure in these links can result in system failure or poor fish health.  Good management practices are needed to keep all the links connected and prevent failures. The session will outline some of the key links in the operation of aquatic systems and give examples of how to keep everything running to help ensure superior fish health.   

Dr Chris Harvey-Clark
 University Director of Animal Care, Dalhousie University 

John Batt
Aquatron Manager, Dalhousie University 

For the past 35 years, Dr Chris Harvey-Clark has been involved in life sciences research as a veterinarian, senior administrator and animal welfare advocate in a variety of different roles: program development for large multidisciplinary teams (115 employees) and construction of 25000 gsm of new research space,  clinical management of a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic species as a veterinary clinician and researcher at UBC. He also has a second career in the promotion of science and marine natural history in the community as a writer, speaker, and documentary film creator during a time of major shift in the welfare and humane use of animals in research. He has produced over 40 underwater themed documentaries for Discovery Channel, BBC, National Film Board of Canada, History Channel and National Geographic on marine conservation topics. His main applied focus has been in the area of improving the welfare of research animals through refinement methodologies such as improvements in analgesia and the provision of enriched environments.

John Batt has been the Manager of the Aquatron Laboratory at Dalhousie University since 1999. The Aquatron is one of the largest university aquatic research facilities in North America.  Mr. Batt graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology.  After leaving UPEI, Mr. Batt worked in the Aquaculture industry for 10 years focusing on new species aquaculture development.  Through this work, Mr. Batt had the opportunity to visit Aquaculture operations in the US, China, Japan, Norway, Wales, Scotland and the Isle of Mann.   Mr. Batt is a Past Board member and Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia.  Since coming to Dalhousie 21 years ago Mr. Batt has had the opportunity to work with a variety of researchers from Dalhousie and around the world.  In addition to his publications in the area of Aquaculture, he has been a co-author on papers in Oceanography, fish welfare and Greenland Sharks. Mr. Batt lectures in fish holding, aquatic life support systems and fish welfare in culture systems in the local region and across Canada.

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