Marcel Fréchette Awarded Aquaculture Award of Excellence
The Research Award of Excellence was presented to Marcel Fréchette, Emeritus Scientist at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, during the Aquaculture Association of Canada’s annual meeting held in Guelph, Ontario, in June 2013. This award recognizes the contribution of Mr. Fréchette, whose work significantly advanced knowledge of shellfish aquaculture development, an important issue for both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the industry.
Mr. Fréchette's various research projects have been key to the aquaculture industry. One of the major achievements of these projects was adapting basic research to practical commercial applications for mussel farmers. For example, his publications on shellfish productivity based on the self-thinning theory had a direct bearing on monitoring and production optimization for Quebec and Prince Edward Island mussel farming sites.
Marcel Fréchette is known for his original and rigorous scientific approach, his commitment to aquaculture development, and his concern for people and groups whose living depends on the aquaculture industry. He has worked for the Department for nearly 30 years and was appointed Emeritus Scientist in 2013.