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Associate Vice-President, Research (Strategic Partnerships)
Professor, Aquatic Science

 

 

See also Aquaculture Centre Website

Phone: AVPR (Strategic Partnerships) ph. 519-826-3800
            Animal Science ph. 519-824-4120 Ext. 56216

Email:  AVPR (Strategic Partnerships)  avpragrfd@uoguelph.ca
           Personal  rmoccia@uoguelph.ca

Snail Mail: Dept. of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

bullet PERSONAL STATEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

Since 1987 Professor of Aquaculture: Aquaculture Centre, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, Ontario Agriculture College, University of Guelph. My current career activity includes major responsibilities in; extension, education, research, project management and program co-ordination, administrative liaison between private industry and government and graduate and undergraduate education. As a University aquaculture specialist, I am responsible for the on-going development of research and educational programs which facilitate the orderly growth of the aquaculture industry in Ontario.
Recently, I have agreed to serve as interim Associate Vice-President (Research) for a one year period. During this period, I will be focusing on developing a new partnership agreement between the University of Guelph and OMAFRA.

bullet SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS HELD

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Associate Vice-President, Research (Strategic Partnerships )

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Associate Vice-President, Research (Agri-food and Partnerships )

bullet Coordinator, Aquaculture Program and Alma Aquaculture Research Station, OMAFRA-UG
bullet Director, Aquaculture Centre, Animal and Poultry Science
bullet Chair, Inter-Disciplinary, M.Sc.-Aquaculture Program

bullet FORMAL EDUCATION & TRAINING

bullet B.Sc. 1972-1976  
 - University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
 - Specialization: Marine Biology
bullet M.Sc. 1976-1978  
 - University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
 - Specialization: Environmental Pathobiology
bullet Certified Fisheries Scientist - American Fisheries Society
bullet Certified Fish Health Official - Fisheries and Marine Services, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
bullet Certified Mediator (Alternative Dispute Resolution) - University of Windsor Law School, Windsor, Ontario

bullet UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE TEACHING:

I established and now administer the interdisciplinary MSc-Aquaculture program.  I have primary responsibility for the delivery of the following courses: 

bullet MSc-Aquaculture Program
bullet MSc-Aquaculture Graduate Studies brochure (PDF)
bullet MSc-Aquaculture Program Description brochure (PDF)
bullet Special Projects in Aquaculture - AQUA*6000
bullet Science & Technology in Aquaculture - AQUA*6100 
bullet Practicum in Aquaculture - AQUA*6200
bullet Aquaculture - Advanced Issues - ANSC*3050

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AWARDS AND HONORS:

bulletResearch Award of Excellence- 2007. Aquaculture Association of Canada.
bulletDistinguished Extension Service Award- 2004.  University of Guelph, OAC Alumni Association.
bulletDistinguished Professorial Teaching Award- 2002.  University of Guelph Faculty Association.
bulletThe Felix Schmaltz Award 2002-Bronze Medal, Best Periodical, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation.
bulletThe Felix Schmaltz Award 2001-Silver Medal, Best Periodical, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation.


bullet GRADUATE STUDENT DIRECTION

I have been directly involved in over one hundred graduate student committees as either a primary academic advisor, a member of an advisory committee, or as a chair or member of oral examination committees for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. Students. 

List of Currently Active Graduate Students:

2013- Advisor, M.Sc. for Torben Brydges, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2010-13 Advisor, M.Sc. for David Huyben, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2007-12 Advisor, M.Sc. for Jacqui Milne, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2007-13 Advisor, M.Sc. for Kris Osuchowski, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2005-06 Advisor, M.Sc.-Aqua for Rachel Shaw, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2004- Advisor, M.Sc. for Mike Glinka, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2004-07 Advisor, M.Sc. for Fernando Salazar, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2004-05 Co-Advisor, M.Sc. for Ling Yang, Engineering, UG  
2002-04 Advisor, M.Sc. for Adam Yule, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2002-06 Advisor, Ph.D. for Stephanie Yue, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
2000-04 Co-Advisor, M.Sc. for Deena Howdle, Food Science, UG
1999-04 Advisor, Ph.D. for Gregor Reid, Animal and Poultry Science, UG
1999-04  Advisor, M.Sc. for Jeff Adams, Animal and Poultry Science, UG

 

bullet PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC PAPERS (Refereed Journals)

Over 85 research papers published in peer reviewed journals such as; Science, Cancer Research, Journal of Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Journal of Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Chemosphere, Journal American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Pathology, Aquaculture, Theriogenology, Journal of Fish Diseases, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, Canadian Journal of Zoology, In-Vitro Toxicology, Aquaculture Nutrition, Aquaculture Research, as well as others. Listed below are selected published works from the last few years only.

bullet Smith, R.W., C.B. Seymour, R.D. Moccia, T.G. Hinton and C.E. Mothersill. 2013. The induction of a radiation-induced bystander effect in fish transcends taxonomic group and tropic level. Int. J. Radiat. Biol. 89 (4): 225-33.
bullet Mothersill, C., Smith, R.W., Saroya, R., Denbeigh, J., Rowe, B., Banevicius, R. Timmins, R., Moccia, R., & Seymour, C.B. 2010. Irradiation of rainbow trout at early life stages results in legacy effects in adults. Int. J. Radiat. Biol. 86 (10): 817-828.
bullet Reid, G.K., M. Liutkus, S. Robinson, T. Chopin, T. Lander, T. Blair,  J.A. Mullen, R.D. Moccia and F. Page. 2009.  A review of the biophysical properties of salmonid feces: Implications for aquaculture waste dispersal models and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture.  Aquaculture Research. 40:257-273  
bullet Hua, K., C.F.M. de Lange, A. Niimi, G. Cole, R.D. Moccia, M.Z. Fan, and D.P. Bureau. 2008.  A Factorial Model to Predict Phosphorus Waste Output of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).  Aquaculture Research. 39:1059-1068.
bullet Yue, S. Duncan, I.J.H. and R.D. Moccia. 2008. Investigating fear in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) using the conditioned- suppression paradigm.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 11 (01):14-27.
bullet Gurure, R., J. Atkinson and R.D. Moccia. 2007. Amino acid composition of Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus (L.) and the prediction of dietary requirements for essential amino acids. Aquaculture Nutrition 13: 266-272.
bullet Reid, G.K. and R.D. Moccia. 2007. Estimating aquatic phosphorus concentrations 30 metres down-current from a rainbow trout cage array. DOI: 10.1039/b703585c. J. Environ. Monit. 9: 814-821.
bullet Cameron, C., R.D. Moccia, P.A. Azevedo and J.F. Leatherland. 2007. Effect of diet and ration on the relationship between plasma GH and IGF-1concentrations in Arctic charr,  Salvelinus alpinus (L.). Aquaculture Research 38: 877- 886.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and G.K. Reid. 2007. Aquaculture Sustainability: Developing Concepts of a Decision Support Tool for Licensing Freshwater Cage Aquaculture in Ontario. Bulletin of Aquaculture Association of Canada, Special Publication 12: 106-114.
bullet Gunther, S.J., R.D. Moccia and D.P. Bureau. 2007. Patterns of  growth and nutrient deposition in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and their hybrid, F1 splake (Salvelinus namaycush x Salvelinus fontinalis) as a function of water temperature. Aquaculture Nutrition 13: 230-239.
bullet Ling Yang, Hongde Zhou and Richard Moccia. 2006. Membrane Filtration Technology  Coupled with Chemical Precipitation to Treat Recirculating Aquaculture System Effluents.
 J.Environmental Quality 35:2419-2424. DOI:10.2134/jeq2005.0480.
bullet Reid, G.K. and R.D. Moccia. 2006.  Diel fluctuation of soluble phosphorus in the tank water of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum), and relationships with feed inputs and dissolved oxygen. Aquaculture Research 37: 1606-1610 and DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2006.01596.x 
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Yule, A.M., I.K. Barker, J.W. Austin and R.D. Moccia.  2006.  Toxicity Of Clostridium botulinum Type E Neurotoxin To Great Lakes Fish: Implications For Avian Botulism.  Journal Wildlife Diseases 42 (3): 479-493.
bullet Yule, A.M., V. LePage, J. Austin., I.K. Barker and R.D. Moccia.  2006. Repeated Low-Level Exposure Of The Round Goby(Neogobius melanostomas) To Clostridium botulinum Type E Neurotoxin.  Journal Wildlife Diseases 42 (3): 494-500.
bullet Yue, S., I.J.H. Duncan and R.D. Moccia. 2006. Do differences in conspecific body size induce social stress in domestic rainbow trout? Environmental Biology of Fishes. 76: 425-431. DOI 10.1007/s10641-006-9015-6.
bullet Reid, G.K., I. McMillan and R.D. Moccia. 2006.  Near-field loading dynamics of phosphorus and short-term water quality correlations at a rainbow trout cage farm in Lake Huron.  Journal of Environmental Monitoring. 8:947-954 and DOI: 10.1039/b517972f.
bullet Yule, A.M., J.W. Austin, I. Barker, B. Cadieux and R.D. Moccia. 2006. Persistence of  Clostridium botulinum Neurotoxin Type E in Tissues from Selected Freshwater Fish Species: Implications to Public Health. Journal of Food Protection 69(5): 1164-1167.
bullet Burke, M.G., M.R. Kirk, N.A. MacBeth, D.J. Bevan and R.D. Moccia. 2005.  Influence of Photoperiod and Feed Delivery on Growth and Survival of First-Feeding Arctic Char.  North American Journal of Aquaculture 67:344-350.
bullet Chandroo, K.P, S.J. Cooke, R.S. McKinley and R.D. Moccia. 2005. Use of electromyogram telemetry to assess the behavioural and energetic responses of  rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum) to transportation stress. Aquaculture Research 36:1226 - 1238.
bullet Gunther, S. J., Moccia R. D., and Bureau, D. P. 2005.  Growth and whole body composition of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and their hybrid, F1 splake (Salvelinus namaycush X Salvelinus fontinalis), from first–feeding to 16 weeks post first-feeding. Aquaculture 249:195-204.
bullet Cameron, C., R.D. Moccia and J.F Leatherland. 2005. Growth hormone secretion from Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) pituitary gland in vitro: effects of somatostation-14, insulin-like growth factor-I, and the nutritional status.  General and Comparative Endocrinology 141:93-100.
bullet Chandroo, K.P., S. Yue, and R.D. Moccia. 2004.  An Evaluation of Current Perspectives on Consciousness and Pain in Fishes.  Journal of Fish and Fisheries 5:281-295.
bullet McFarlane, W.J., K.F. Cubitt, H. Williams, D. Rowsell, R.D. Moccia, R. Gosine and R.S. McKinley. 2004.  Can feeding status and stress level be assessed by analyzing patterns of muscle activity in free swimming rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum)?  Aquaculture 239:467-484.
bullet Holloway, A.C., J.L. Keene, D.G. Noakes and R.D. Moccia.  2004.  Effects of clove oil and MS-222 on blood hormone profiles in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Walbaum. Aquaculture Research 35:1025-1030.
bullet Yue, S., R.D. Moccia and I.J.H. Duncan. 2004. Investigating fear in domestic rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, using an avoidance learning task.  Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 87:343-354.
bullet Grush, D.L.G. Noakes and R.D. Moccia. 2004. The efficacy of clove oil as anaesthetic for the zebrafish, Danio rerio (Hamilton). Zebrafish 1(1):46-53.
bullet Chandroo, K.P., I.J.H. Duncan and R.D. Moccia. 2004. Can Fish Suffer? Perspectives on Sentience, Pain, Fear and Stress.  Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science.86:225-250.

 

bullet SCIENTIFIC PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA

Papers have been presented at scientific conferences both nationally and internationally, including several invited or key note speeches. Below are recent examples of conference participation.

bullet R.D Moccia, 2006.  VHSV Is Here !  So, Now What?  Implications and Practical Advice for the Aquaculture Industry.  Presented to, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Disease Workshop, University of Guelph, July 25.
bullet R.D Moccia, 2006.  Aspects on Sentience and Pain Perception in Fishes. Presented to, Are Fish Sentient? A Seminar and Discussion Symposium, University of Guelph, July 14.
bullet R.D Moccia, D.J. Bevan and G.K. Reid, 2006.  Chemical and Physical Characterization of Trout Faeces - Implications for Aquaculture. Environment Canada, OSAWG General Meeting, Parry Sound, July 10.
bullet Chandroo, K.P., R.D. Moccia and J. Gardiner. 2006. Are Rainbow Trout Cerebrally Lateralized ? International Society for Applied Ethology,  NA Regional Meeting, Vancouver, Canada,  June 7-8.
bullet Moccia, R.D., M. Glinka, F. Salazar, G.K. Reid and D.J. Bevan. 2006.  A Feces Thesis:  Getting the Full Scoop on Fish Poop !  Martin Mills Ltd. Annual Grower's Workshop, Parry Sound, April 7-8.
bullet Moccia, R.D., G.K. Reid and Q. Day.  2006.  Development of an Enhanced Decision Support Tool for Licensing Cage-Aquaculture in Ontario. Freshwater Cage Aquaculture Forum, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Workshop, Sudbury, Ontario, March 7-8.
bullet Reid, G.K. and R.D. Moccia. 2006. Monitoring And Modeling Phosphorus At Rainbow Trout Cage-Farms: A Review Of the Science and Policies. Freshwater Cage Aquaculture Forum, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Workshop, Sudbury, Ontario, March 7-8.
bullet Reid, G.K., D.P. Bureau and R.D. Moccia. 2005.  Development of a Decision Support Tool for Managing the Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture. AquaNet V-NCE, Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC, Oct. 17-21.
bullet Glinka, M., D.P. Bureau, Hongde Zhou and R.D. Moccia. 2005.  Hypolimnetic and Benthic Impact Modeling of Cage Aquaculture in the Great Lakes. AquaNet-V NCE, Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC, Oct. 17-21. (Poster)
bullet Salazar-Hermoso, D.P. Bureau and R.D. Moccia. 2005.  Waste Signatures: Evaluating the Use of Stable Isotope Ratios for the Identification and Quantification of Aquaculture Effluent in the Natural Environment.  AquaNet V-NCE, Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC, Oct. 17-21. (Poster)
bullet R.D. Moccia, D.P. Bureau, M. Glinka, F. Salazar and G.K. Reid.  2005. Management and Prediction of Waste Impacts from Freshwater Aquaculture and Connection to the Science-Policy Interface. 32nd Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Oct. 2-5, Waterloo, Ont.
bullet R.D. Moccia, A.M. Yule, I.K. Barker and J.W. Austin. 2005. Clostridium botulinum Type E Neurotoxin In Great Lakes Fish: Implications For Transmission Of Avian Botulism.  32nd Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Oct. 2-5, Waterloo, Ont.
bullet Reid, G.K., R.D. Moccia and Q. Day.  2005.  An Enhanced Decision Support Tool for Licensing Cage-Aquaculture in Ontario, Aquaculture Canada, Annual General Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, St. John's, Newfoundland, July 3-6.
bullet Moccia, R.D. 2005.  Overview of AquaBioproducts. At, Aqua Bioproducts Workshop, University of Guelph, June 29, 30.
bullet Yule, A.M., R.D. Moccia, J.W. Austin and I.K. Barker. 2005. Effects of Clostridium botulinum Type-E Neurotoxin in Great Lakes Fish: Implications for Transmission of Avian Botulism to Fish Eating Birds. Wildlife Disease Association Meetings, Australia, June (poster).
bullet Reid, G.K. and R.D. Moccia. 2005. Measuring Phosphorus at a Cage-Farm in Lake Huron: Lessons From the Field. Cage Culture Grower's Meeting, Sponsored by Martin Feed Mills Ltd.  Gore Bay, Ontario. April 1-2.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and A.M. Yule. 2005. Acute and Chronic Exposure of Selected Great Lakes Fish to BoNT-E . Sea Grant Sponsored L. Erie Botulism Workshop. Woodlawn Beach State Park, Buffalo, NY, April 6.
bullet Yule, A.M., R.D. Moccia, J. Austin and I.K. Barker. 2004.  Response of Selected Fresh Water Fish Species to Clostridium botulinum Type E Neurotoxin: Implications to Avian Botulism and Human Health. Lake Erie Fish
Commission, Fisheries Unit, London, Ont., Dec. 7.
bullet Moccia, R.D. 2004.  Ontario Aquaculture Overview:  Status, Legislation and Sustainability.  Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Fishery Committee AGM, Toronto, Dec.3.
bullet Moccia, R.D., A.M. Yule, J. Austin and I.K. Barker. 2004. Don't Eat Before Swimming! Fish as Living Transport Vectors in the Epidemiology of Avian Botulism in Lake Erie, Great Lakes. North American Lake Management Society, 24th International Symposium, Nov. 3-5, Victoria, BC.
bullet Moccia, R.D. 2004. Environmental Sustainability? Issues and Concepts of an Enhanced Decision-Making System. Freshwater Symposium, Aquaculture Canada, Annual General Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Oct. 17-20, Quebec City.
bullet Reid, G.K. and R.D. Moccia. 2004. Near-Field Loading Dynamics of Phosphorus at a Rainbow Trout Cage Farm: Implications for Environmental Monitoring. Freshwater Symposium, Aquaculture, Annual General Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Oct. 17-20, Quebec City.
bullet Ling, Y., H. Zhou and R.D. Moccia. 2004. Use of Chemical Chelation and Hybrid Membrane Filtration Technology to Control Phosphorus Release from Recirculation Aquaculture Systems. Freshwater Symposium, Aquaculture, Annual General Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Oct. 17-20, Quebec City.
bullet Reid, G.K., R.D. Moccia, M.N. Charlton and R.R. Yerubundi. 2004. Modeling Near-Field Effluent Concentrations of Total Phosphorus at a Rainbow Trout Cage Farm. Freshwater Symposium, Aquaculture, Annual General Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Oct. 17-20, Quebec City.
bullet Moccia, R.D. 2004. Aspects on Fish Sentience and Implications to the Welfare of Farmed Fishes.  Practical Considerations of Fish Welfare in Considerations of Fish Welfare in Commercial Industries Workshop, BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Sept. 28, Campbell River, BC.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and K.R. Chandroo. 2004. "I Swim Therefore I Am?": Aspects on Sentience and Implications to the Welfare of Farmed Fishes.  Aquaculture, Innovation and Social Transformation.  AquaNet Workshop, Aug. 18-20, Montreal.
bullet Moccia, R.D. 2004. UG's Aquaculture Centre: Programs for the New Millenium. Dupont Corp., Research Division, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety Workshop, July 22, Guelph, Ontario.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and K.R. Chandroo. 2004. "I Swim Therefore I Am?": Aspects on Sentience and the Welfare of Captive Fishes.  Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 43rd Annual Symposium, Canadian Council on Animal Care, June 28, Hamilton, Ontario. 
bullet Moccia, Richard D., Adam Yule, John Austin and Ian K. Barker. 2004. Are Fish Living Vectors in the Epidemiology of Avian Botulism in Lake Erie?  International Association of Great Lakes Research, May 24-28, 2004, University of Waterloo, Ontario.
bullet Reid, G.K., Moccia, R.D., Charlton, M., And Yerubandi, R.R. 2004.  Modeling the Near-field Plume Concentrations of Total Phosphorus at a Cage Aquaculture Farm in Lake Huron: Implications to Monitoring Environmental Impacts.  International Association of Great Lakes Research, May 24-28, 2004, University of Waterloo, Ontario.
bullet Austin, John W., Brigitte Cadieux, Adam Yule and Richard D. Moccia. 2004. Detection of botulinum neurotoxin type E in the muscle and viscera of experimentally dosed rainbow trout.  Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, May 16-19, 2004 (poster).
bullet Yule, A., R.D. Moccia, J. Austin and I. K. Barker.  2004. Interspecies Toxicity Of Type-E Botulinum in Fish: A Bird’s Eye View !  Lake Erie Botulism Workshop. New York Sea Grant, Stull Nature Centre, Erie, PA, March 25.
bullet Reid, G.K and R.D. Moccia.  2004.  Diet Fluctuations in Soluble Nutrient Output from Cultured Rainbow Trout: Implications for Environmental Monitoring, OMNR-Fish Nutrition Research Workshop, Feb. 26, 2004, Guelph, Ontario.
bullet Moccia, R.D., A.M. Yule, J. Austin and I.K. Barker, 2004.  Don’t Eat Me or I’ll Kill You !  Fish, Botulism and L. Erie Waterbird Epizootics.   Great Lakes Fish Health Committee, Annual General Meeting, Guelph, Ontario.  Feb. 24-26.
bullet Reid, G.K and R.D. Moccia.  2004.  Monitoring and Model Development to Quantify Nutrient Loading Impacts from Net-Pen Aquaculture in the Great Lakes. Ministry of Environment Aquaculture Policy Committee, Jan. 8, Toronto, Ontario.

 

  EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:

Throughout the ‘Extension’ part of my career, I have personally developed and implemented a wide range of services and programs tailored to transferring knowledge and technical information to a variety of end user groups, with special emphasis on the agri-farming community in Ontario.  Examples of these initiatives are given below and include, but are not limited to:   
bullet Program Initiatives
bullet Responsible for the design, construction and operations of the Alma Aquaculture Research Station, which included significant components and programs dedicated to extension education and training.  See more about Alma at: http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/aars/aars.html
bullet Established the Aquaculture Centre, University of Guelph, which has provided a wide variety of extension education, training programs and support service initiatives for the fish farming industry.>  See more about the Aquaculture Centre at: http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/index.html
bullet Certificate training and education programs – geared to novices as well as fisheries professionals looking for specific types of training.  See more at: http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/aquacentre/aquacentre.html
bullet Farm Service support, provided on-farm visits and technical support to fish farmers
bullet Workshops and related types of technology transfer programs.  See an example at:  http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/workshops.html
bullet Factsheets and other print-based information media.  For examples see:  http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/information/publications.php
bullet General farm consulting and support services
bullet Fish health and diagnostic support
bullet Water quality analysis and trouble-shooting
bullet Expert technical advice to the legal, government and political clients by participating in numerous industry-related committees and boards

Mediation Services

As a trained mediator in alternate dispute resolution, I have provided liaison between farmers and regulatory agencies, as well as other groups, in an attempt to resolve various types of disputes.  Although this is an unusual type of ‘Extension’ service, it has been a valuable problem-solving and enabling skill, helping clients work through impediments to production and farm operations.   

WEBSITE and ELECTRONIC MEDIA 

Aquaculture Website Development

I established and continue to refine our 'Aquaculture Centre', extension services Website which allows access to a variety of materials currently produced by the Aquaculture Centre. The website was designed to highlight our extension, research, educational and facilities infrastructure at UG, and is dedicated to the Ontario aquaculture industry. View the site at http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/index.html   

Aquatalk Information Bulletins

In collaboration with the Office of Research, UG, I developed the very popular, 'AQUATALK' series of research bulletins. I have been Executive Editor for 10 issues of 'AQUATALK', a publication of the Aquaculture Program at the University of Guelph.  These bulletins have won the following awards for excellence. 'The Felix Schmaltz Award 2002-Bronze Medal, Best Periodical, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, for Aquatalk Edition, 2002. 'The Felix Schmaltz Award 2001-Silver Medal, Best Periodical, Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, for Aquatalk Edition, 2001.  

See more at: http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/information/publications

AquaNews - An Electronic Information Distribution List:  

In 1999, I established an Aquaculture Centre electronic email distribution list, called, 'AquaNews'.  This listserv is used to send timely and relevant information on various issues to farmers, private sector consultants, researchers, government specialists and many others.  Several times each week, I package newspaper articles, press releases and other short information pieces for email distribution. This service is free-of-charge. 

E-Answer Service  

Each year, I respond to several hundred email inquiries regarding the aquaculture industry.  Many of these are from farmers who require technical information or trouble-shooting services related to their fish culture operations.  I also deal with various types of industry-related inquiries from consumer groups, teachers, students, government agencies and others.  This is an extension outreach service that is designed to promote rapid information exchange.

bullet EXTENSION PRESENTATIONS

Over 150 extension presentations and seminars have been given to a wide variety of audiences from consumer groups, to bankers associations, and many different types of aquaculture client groups.

bullet WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS ORGANIZED

I have organized and presented over 100 general or specialized workshops and seminars for both public and private aquaculture groups. The following is a brief list of recent workshops offered. Several new programs are currently in development.

bullet Certified Freshwater Fish Specialist Course (October 14, 2001, St. John's Newfoundland and October 13, 2000, Edmonton, Alberta). A 5-hour course program delivered for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada (PIJAC Canada) as part of its, 'Certified Companion Animal Specialists Program'. (Invited Speaker).

bullet Laboratory Animal Methods Workshop for Fish (May 11, 2003, May 1, 2002 and May 23, 2001). An 8 hour training module on the laboratory care and welfare of fish used in teaching and research. Prepared for Human Resources Division, University of Guelph.

bullet Early Rearing of Arctic Charr (Feb. 19-21). A three day technical training program on the culture of Arctic charr eggs, fry and fingerlings, designed for an Inuit Community fisheries group in Kuujjuaq, Quebec. Delivered at the Alma Aquaculture Research Station.

bullet Certified Freshwater Fish Specialist Course (October 13, 2000, Edmonton, Alberta). A 5-hour course program delivered for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada (PIJAC Canada) as part of its, 'Certified Companion Animal Specialists Program'. (Invited Speaker).

bullet Water Chemistry Workshop (August 15, 2000). From basic chemical principles to water:fish interactions, this workshop was developed specifically for personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 
 
bullet Water Quality Workshop (June 22, 1999).  From basic chemical principles to advances in monitoring systems, this workshop was developed specifically for personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 

bullet Health and Safety in Aquaculture (February 19, 1999). A cooperative workshop with the Ontario Farm Safety Association, this program addressed a variety of common hazards in the aquaculture industry. From electrical safety, to drug and chemical handling to WHMIS training, this one-day program was the first of its kind for Ontario fish farmers. 

bullet Getting Started in Aquaculture (Offered every 6-8 weeks). This comprehensive full-day workshop provide prospective aquaculturists with an overview of aquaculture industry in Ontario and covers a diversity of topics such as farming systems technology, species suitable for culture, economics, marketing, legislative controls, and insights into future opportunities for aquaculture development.

bullet Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points workshop (HACCP) (February 20, 1998). This introductory workshop looked at the essential requirements of the internationally recognized, HACCP food processing safety system, and investigated the implications to Ontario fish farmers.

bullet Principles of Water Chemistry in Aquaculture (October 28, 1997). A workshop designed to help commercial fish farmers understand the principles of water chemistry as they relate to maintenance of proper water quality on the farm.  The workshop covered a variety of topics including: solubilities of various gases and their potential impacts; sources of chemical contamination; wastewater chemistry concerns and much more.

bullet Radon Hazards in Aquaculture (June 18, 1997). A cooperative workshop between the Aquaculture Centre and the Radiation Protection Service (Ministry of Labour), this session examined the sources of radon radiation and the related human health implications, with an emphasis on potential risks to fish farmers.

bullet Aquaculture and the Internet (February 20, 1997). A hands-on workshop designed to show farmers the potential benefits of the Internet, and to teach them the basic user skills needed to get them started.

bullet TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS (non-refereed)

Over forty technical publications have been completed on a variety of projects, most related to aquatic or fisheries projects in the Province of Ontario.

bullet EXTENSION PUBLICATIONS

Over 55 extension factsheets or similar publications, as well as dozens of popular press articles in industry trade magazines. A few recent examples are given below.  On-line versions of most of these extension publications can be found at http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/aquacentre/information/publications/

bullet Burke, M.G. and R.D. Moccia. 2002. Alma Aquaculture Station Update. Ontario Aquaculture Centre Newsletter, Spring 2002. pp.2-4.
bullet Bevan, D.J., K.P. Chandroo and R.D. Moccia. 2002. Predator control in commercial aquaculture in Canada. AC Factsheet, University of Guelph. Sept. 4p.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan.  2001.  Aquastats 2000.  Ontario Aquacultural production in 2000.  AEC Factsheet October 01-003.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and K. Chandroo. 2001. Aspects of animal welfare and aquaculture: A compendium of selected literature. Aquaculture Centre Internet Publication, Feb. 
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan.  2000.  Aquastats 1999.  Ontario Aquacultural production in 1999.  AEC Factsheet October 00-002.
bullet Bevan, D.J. and Moccia, R.D. 2000. Inventory of Canadian Agrifood Research (ICAR). Newsletter of Ontario Aquaculture Association, Jan/Feb. 2000. 
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 2000. Aquaculture Legislation in Ontario. OMAF Special Publ. 33, 8 pp. (revised). June.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1999. Aquastats 1998. Ontario aquacultural production in 1998. AEC Factsheet October 99-002.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1998. Aquastats 1997. Ontario aquacultural production in 1997 and situation outlook. AEC Factsheet, October, 98-025
bullet Moccia, R.D. and G.I. Page. 1998. Sources of aquaculture information. AEC Order No. 97-005, 4 pp.
bullet Burke, M.G. and R.D. Moccia. 2002. Alma Aquaculture Station Update. Ontario Aquaculture Centre Newsletter, Spring 2002. pp.2-4.
bullet Bevan, D.J., K.P. Chandroo and R.D. Moccia. 2002. Predator control in commercial aquaculture in Canada. AC Factsheet, University of Guelph. Sept. 4p.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan.  2001.  Aquastats 2000.  Ontario Aquacultural production in 2000.  AEC Factsheet October 01-003.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and K. Chandroo. 2001. Aspects of animal welfare and aquaculture: A compedium of selected literature. Aquaculture Centre Internet Publication, Feb. 
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan.   2000.  Aquastats 1999.  Ontario Aquacultural production in 1999.  AEC Factsheet October 00-002.
bullet Bevan, D.J. and Moccia, R.D. 2000. Inventory of Canadian Agrifood Research (ICAR). Newsletter of Ontario Aquaculture Association, Jan/Feb. 2000. 
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 2000. Aquaculture Legislation in Ontario. OMAF Special Publ. 33, 8 pp. (revised). June.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1999. Aquastats 1998. Ontario aquacultural production in 1998. AEC Factsheet October 99-002.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1998. Aquastats 1997. Ontario aquacultural production in 1997 and situation outlook. AEC Factsheet, October, 98-025
bullet Moccia, R.D. and G.I. Page. 1998. Sources of aquaculture information. AEC Order No. 97-005, 4 pp.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1997. Aquastats - 1996. Ontario Aquacultural Production in 1996. OMAF Factsheet.
bullet Moccia, R.D., D.J. Bevan and P. Chan. 1996. Aquaculture Literature. OMAF Factsheet No. 95-104 (revised). 4 pp.
bullet Moccia, R.D., S.J. Naylor and G. Reid. 1996. An Overview of Aquaculture in Ontario, OMAFRA Factsheet.
bullet Moccia, R.D. and D.J. Bevan. 1996. Aquaculture Legislation in Ontario. OMAF Special Publ. 33, 6 pp. (revised April 1996).

bullet INDUSTRY COMMITTEES AND BOARDS

2000-  Member, Human Resources Standing Committee, for the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario.
1998- Member, Immediate Technical Team 1, developing water quality monitoring criteria for cage aquaculture farms in the Great Lakes, Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
1999- Member, Ontario Sustainable Aquaculture Working Group, Environment Canada.
1989- Member. Ontario Aquaculture Research and Services Co-ordinating Committee, OMAFRA.
1987- Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee to Aquaculture Technicians Training Program, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario.
1999 Member, New Uses/Alternatives Review Committee, for the Special Research Program, OMAFRA.
1992-99 Member, Expert Technical Committee on Legislative Reform of the, Federal Fish Health Protection Regulations, for Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
1994 Federal Aquaculture Development Strategy, Performance Improvement Systems Working Group.
1993-94 Policy Task Force Committee drafting revisions to the Ontario Game and Fish Act, OMNR
1993 Chair, Quality Control Standards Committee for aquaculture products.
1992-95 Member, Expert Technical Committee on Federal Fish Health Protection Regulations for Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
1992 Member, OMAF Aquaculture Committee.
1992 Industry Representative, Great Lakes Fish Disease Control Committee.
1992 Invited Delegate, 1st National Aquaculture Planning Forum, Montreal Canada.
1992 OMAF Representative to Inter-Agency 'CO-AQUA Committee' for Federal: Provincial Memorandum of
Understanding (MOA) on Aquaculture and Fish Health for Ontario.
1991-94 Member, Ontario Animal Research and Services Co-Ordinating Committee.
1991-94 OMAF Representative to Inter-Agency Committee on Drug Use in Aquaculture.
1991-94 Chair, OMAF Species Committee for Factsheets and Numbered Publications.
1991-93 Member, OMAF representative to 'Inter-Agency Working Group' on regulations for Game and Fish Act for Ontario.
1991-92 Member and Chair, Ontario Aquaculture Research and Services Co-Ordinating Committee, OMAF/ARIO.
1990-91 OTFA Representative to the Great Lakes Fish Disease Control Committee.
1988-91 Member, Inter-Agency Committee on Drug Use in Aquaculture. Agriculture Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
1987-95 Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Sir Sandford
1987-88 Member, Canadian General Standards Board. Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.
1987 Member, Membership Committee of the Aquaculture Association of Canada.
1987 Interim Administrator, Ontario Trout Farmers' Association.
1986-87 Founding Member/Director, Canadian Aquaculture Producer's Council.
1986 President, Ontario Trout Farmers' Association.
1984-87 Member, Great Lakes Fish Disease Control Committee.
1984-85 Executive Director, Ontario Trout Farmers' Association.

 


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