Dag Sletmo:

Senior Vice President – Seafood Analyst – DNB Bank, Norway

 Dag Sletmo is a senior advisor in the seafood department in DNB Bank in Oslo. DNB is Norway’s leading bank, and also the largest seafood bank globally. It does business with 17 of the 20 largest salmon farmers worldwide.

Prior to joining DNB Dag was head of investor relations and business development in Cermaq, the global salmon farmer. He has also been head of research and seafood analyst at ABG Sundal Collier, the Nordic investment bank. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a degree from the Norwegian School of Economics.


Keynote Address by Rex Murphy:

Journalist and Social Commentator

Rex Murphy has been one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated journalists and social commentators since the 1970s. He was born and raised in St. John’s, NL., where he graduated from Memorial University. In 1968, Murphy, a Rhodes Scholar, went to Oxford University (along with former U.S. president Bill Clinton).

Back in Newfoundland and Labrador, he was soon established as a quick-witted and accomplished writer, broadcaster and teacher. He is noted throughout Newfoundland for his biting comments on the political scene and his television tussles with prominent politicians, including premier Joey Smallwood, became required viewing for a huge audience.

He has worked extensively with the CBC where he has contributed many items on current affairs issues. He has done a number of documentaries for The National, provided commentary on The National’s Point of View, and served as the host of CBC radio’s long-running Cross Country Checkup. He has also contributed to Morningside, Land and Sea, The Journal, Midday and Sunday Report.

He has also been a columnist for The Globe and Mail and currently for the National Post.

Murphy has won several national and provincial broadcasting awards. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo, honorary doctorates of letters by Memorial, St. Thomas, and Nipissing Universities and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Canadian Institute of Management.

He divides his week between Toronto and Montreal, with frequent forays to St. John’s, NL.

Keynote (Day 3) – Dag Sletmo:

Senior Vice President – Seafood Analyst – DNB Bank, Norway

 Dag Sletmo is a senior advisor in the seafood department in DNB Bank in Oslo. DNB is Norway’s leading bank, and also the largest seafood bank globally. It does business with 17 of the 20 largest salmon farmers worldwide.

Prior to joining DNB Dag was head of investor relations and business development in Cermaq, the global salmon farmer. He has also been head of research and seafood analyst at ABG Sundal Collier, the Nordic investment bank. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a degree from the Norwegian School of Economics.

Cleanerfish Workshop

Dr. Nicole O’Brien

Cleaner Fish Pathogens in NL

Dr. O’Brien works for the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources – Aquatic Animal Health Division as an aquaculture veterinary epidemiologist. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College with her PhD in epidemiology and has been involved in numerous research projects including cleaner fish. Her areas of interest include clinical field trials, surveillance and biosecurity.

Paul Howes

Caledonian Lumpfish for Scottish Waters. A Model for Newfoundland.

Paul Howes is the Manager of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University.
CSAR operates controlled environment facilities in Swansea University’s College of Science. It includes 14 dedicated aquatic research and aquaculture spaces, which include; industry scale recirculating systems, zebrafish labs, genetic labs and quarantine spaces. The centre also houses the largest algal biotechnology facilities of any UK university.
At the last research evaluation framework (REF 2014), much of CSAR’s research was deemed to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and helped Swansea University’s Unit of Assessment No. 7 (Earth Systems and Environmental Science) reach the 2nd position in the UK and the 1st position in Wales for the quality of its research outputs.
Paul has worked in the aquaculture industry for over 14 years spending 7 years developing a company in the Falkland Islands. The company aim was to farm Patagonian Toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides). He was the first person to breed this species in captivity and raise the various life stages.  He took the company from a purely R and D stage to the beginnings of a pilot scale facility.
His role as CSAR Manager forms a vital link in establishing collaborations between academia and industry both nationally and internationally. He works with policy makers and producers on a regular basis and is engaged in a number of industry focused projects.

Øyvind Kristoffersen

Current Best Practice of Cleaner Fish Equipment and Cleaner Fish

Øyvind has 33 years as professional fisherman with the family owned trawler. He had to stop fishing when he broke his back in 2007. He founded and established OK Marine the same year. The company was sold to Egersund Group in 2015 and is now a sister company to AKVA Group.
Within the field of “Aquaculture” OK Marine wishes to be a partner for delousing. OK Marine has significant experience and good cooperation with producers who use cleaner fish to fight lice among farmed salmon. The use of cleaner fish is a natural delousing tool. Their expertise and experience will help increase fish welfare and save the breeder from large expenses. Delousing with environment and fish health in focus.

Eamonn O’Brien

Hatchery Diets for Cleaner Fish, Stuck to the Future.

Eamonn O’Brien is an Irish national residing in Belgium for the last 20 years. For the last 14 years Eamonn has been the International product manager for marine hatchery feeds within Skretting, responsible for managing the global product portfolio for marine fish and shrimp hatcheries. His team are very active in key marine hatchery markets & have introduced many new innovations in the field of marine hatchery nutrition & production, such as Artemia replacement/reduction and game changing innovations in live feed production, ensuring Skretting’ s leading position in this field. Eamonn has worked closely with the Bream/Bass hatchery sector and was closely involved in the cod hatchery expansion in Norway and the subsequent switch to Lumpfish. Together with the local Skretting experts, Martin Davidson & the rest of the marine species team in Norway Skretting are the market leader in lumpfish feeds  for both hatchery and cage site application. Prior to working for Skretting, Eamonn worked for another Belgian larval feed company for 6 years and before that he managed a commercial marine fish hatchery in Cyprus. Eamonn is a graduate from the University of Plymouth, UK and is married with 3 children. 

Anita Rønneseth

The Cleaner-Fish Lumpfish: Immunity, Health and Disease.

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway. Anita Rønneseth is an Aquamedicine biologist with a PhD where she focused on immunology and IPNV infection in Atlantic salmon. She has more than fifteen years of experience in working with diseases and immune related studies on various fish species, such as salmon, cod, wrasse and lumpfish. For the past six years, her focus has been bacterial diseases and immune responses in lumpfish.

Jennifer Monk

Memorial University’s Cleaner Fish R&D Program and Capacity

Jennifer has been employed in the aquaculture industry for the past 20 years. 17 of these she has worked at the Ocean Science Center of Memorial University where the majority of her focus has been centered on research and development of a number of larval and juvenile marine finfish species. She has worked with a variety of species including Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Flounder, Cunners and lumpfish. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Aquaculture and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology from Memorial University and an Advanced Diploma in Aquaculture from the Marine Institute of Memorial University. She is currently responsible for the larval production unit at the Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building.

Memorial University’s cleaner fish production program in support of the Atlantic Canada salmon aquaculture industry.

Nils O Steine

Cleaner Fish Vaccine Program in Norway and Atlantic Canada Vaccination Program Start Up

Nils Steine grew up in Bergen, Norway. His education is from the Coastal Artillery’s Officers training School, before going back to University of Bergen and the Masters Authorized Fish Health Biologist program. Since 1996 he has been working for independent fish health services in Northern Norway, as a fish health manager in salmon production in Maine USA and a consultant within physiology/smolt, fish health and vaccine technical services In British Columbia, Canada.  Since 2008 he has been back in Stavanger, Norway, working for PHARMAQ. He is managing the Canadian market as well as being part of the technical and sales team for Norway and Chile. Since 2011 he has also been involved with developing and following up cleaner fish vaccination. Nils is 51 years of age, is married …to a Canadian, and they have two girls. Outside work he enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and various sports.

Dr. Javier Santander

Current Advances in Cleaner Fish from Memorial University’s Marine Microbial Pathogenesis and Vaccinology Laboratory.

Javier is Assistant Professor at Memorial University, Department of Ocean Sciences, since July 1st, 2016.
Dr. Santander completed his Bachelor´s degree in Marine Biology at the Catholic University of the North, Chile, and his Master’s degree in Microbiology at Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. Dr. Santander obtained his PhD degree in Microbiology at Arizona State University, Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the field of fish vaccinology.
Dr. Santander has developed several vaccines for the aquaculture industry and described several fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis in fish. Dr. Santander moved to Memorial University in 2016 as Assistant Professor. Currently, Dr. Santander´s research is related to bacterial pathogenesis and fish vaccinology. His team is evaluating commercial vaccines and developing novel vaccines using genomics and transcriptomics tools with emphasis in cleaner fish.
PhD Microbiology, Arizona State University (2012)
MSc Microbiology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile (2003)
BSc Marine Biology, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile (1999)
Telephone: (709) 864-3268
E-mail: jsantander@mun.ca
Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/jsantander/

Thomas W. Grieg

Grieg Group – Grieg and Newfoundland Going Forward

Thomas Grieg comes from a family which owns and manages the Grieg Group, a 135 year old Norwegian company which employs 2000 employees globally in deep sea shipping, shipbroking, salmon farming, port management and logistics and financial services. Thomas has been working closely with the Grieg Newfoundland project for the past two years, acting as both a Project Manager and special advisor, Owner’s representative and a member of the Board of Directors. He is also responsible for many of the Grieg Group’s equity investments, mainly within the salmon farming industry. He holds a Masters degree in Naval architecture and has experience from Management Consulting in EY Norway and from Operations Management in North Atlantic Drilling. Thomas Grieg is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Bergen, Norway, and partly in Marystown, Newfoundland.

Dr. Kirstin Eliasen

Lumpfish Research in the Faroes.

The Aquaculture Research Station of the Faroes, Faroe Islands
Kirstin has PhD in bio science, with special interest in sea lice, lump fish, sea trout and fish health in general.

Martin Munkeby

Norse Aqua

Martin Munkeby is Business Developer for NorseAqua, in Bindal, Norway. He is trained in project management with experience in industrial design, IT and business development.

Dr. Patrick Reynolds

R&D project coordinator, PhD aquaculture.

Patrick Reynolds is a senior research scientist employed by Gildeskål Forskningsstasjon AS (GIFAS), Inndyr, Norway which is a privately-owned aquaculture research station located in northern Norway. He has been employed at GIFAS for 11 years. He has extensive experience in Atlantic salmon research and has worked closely with the feed, technical and pharmaceutical industries; R&D institutions and universities.
He has been one of the principal leaders in lumpfish research since 2010 and has co-published sixteen peer reviewed articles on lumpfish during this time as well as many articles in trade journals. He has also contributed to two books on cleaner fish and has/is supervisor to PhD, MSc and BSc students.

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Stirling, (2005)
Master of Science, University of Stirling, (2002)
Bachelor of Science, St Andrews University (2001)

Chris Hendry

Regional Aquaculture Coordinator for DFO Newfoundland and Labrador Region

Chris Hendry is currently the Regional Aquaculture Coordinator for DFO’s Newfoundland and Labrador Region. In his position, Chris coordinates DFO’s advice to the province on aquaculture site applications, Chairs the regional Introductions and Transfers Committee, and oversees implementation of the Aquaculture Activities Regulations. Chris has been involved in academia, industry, and government during his 20-year career in aquaculture. As a regulator, Chris has represented both the federal and provincial governments, and works with the industry toward sustainable development.

Geoffrey McBriarty

Cooke Aquaculture Cleanerfish Program Development: Land-based Grow-out and Transportation.

Geoffrey McBriarty, B.Sc., M.Sc. is Juvenile Lumpfish Production Coordinator for Kelly Cove Salmon (Cleanerfish) in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada.

He has 10 years of aquaculture experience in R&D and novel species development. He has experience in invertebrate ecotoxicological research as a Master’s student as part of the NSERC CIMTAN grant. He worked as Senior Technician for the KCS Cunner Project and is now the Juvenile Lumpfish Production Coordinator for KCS.

Amber Irwin Moore

Cleanerfish Use on Site in Ireland

Amber Irwin Moore
Cleanerfish Coordinator
MOWI Ireland
Achill, Co Mayo, Ireland

I am currently based in the west coast of Ireland in Co. Mayo where I’m employed as the Cleanerfish coordinator for MOWI Ireland. I graduated with a BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in 2014. I then went on to work in Carna Research Station which is a part of the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a research assistant on a project aiming to develop lumpfish production in Ireland to supply the salmon farming industry. While there I completed a research MSc on “The Effects of Stocking Density and Feeding Frequency on the Growth and Survival of Juvenile Lumpsucker”. I have worked for MOWI Ireland since June 2017 and was promoted to Cleanerfish coordinator in November 2017. As coordinator I am charged with the management of all cleanerfish activity in Ireland including running trials and ensuring a high level of efficacy on all sites.

Sheldon George

Progression of Cold Ocean Salmon’s Cleaner Fish Program

I was born and raised in Carbonear, NL and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology. After achieving a BSc., I continued my education at Marine Institute of MUN to complete the Advanced Diploma in Aquaculture in 97/98 and started my work in the aquaculture industry in New Brunswick.
After almost 10 years in New Brunswick, I returned to Newfoundland continuing work in the aquaculture industry. Just after returning to NL, while working in the industry I completed my Master of Technology Management (aquaculture) at the Marine Institute and am currently the Newfoundland Regional Manager for Cooke Aquaculture. I live in Milltown, NL with my wife Cheryl and 3 children Reanna, Aisha and Garrison.

Dr. Robert Gendron

Basic Science of the Lumpfish Visual System

Robert L. Gendron, PhD, is Professor of Cancer and Cardiovascular Biology
In the Division of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s NL. My research focuses on mechanisms controlling the stability of the vasculature and the visual system in health and disease using animal models and molecular and cellular biology approaches. Our most recent focus has used a local resource, the ocean teleost C Lumpus (lumpfish) as a new model for eye development, health and disease.

Dr. Ian Bradbury

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Dr Ian Bradbury is a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Originally from Newfoundland he completed his PhD in 2007 at Dalhousie University and started with DFO in 2010. His research uses genomic tools to inform the conservation and management of marine and anadromous species from throughout North America.