Blythe Chang

Current research and/or projects

Mr. Chang’s work is currently centred on oceanographic research related to finfish aquaculture development. A major activity involves the application of a circulation model for predicting the interactions of finfish aquaculture and the marine environment. This work has provided important input for the management of issues such as aquaculture siting, fish health management of aquaculture, delineation of aquaculture management areas, offshore aquaculture development, and integrated coastal zone management. Prior to joining the St. Andrews Biological Station, Mr. Chang worked for DFO in British Columbia, in the fields of benthic ecology, juvenile salmon ecology, and fish habitat management.

Mr. Chang serves on a number of committees related to finfish aquaculture issues, primarily in the Bay of Fundy area. These include: the Aquaculture Site Evaluation Committee, the Aquaculture Environmental Coordination Committee, and the Fish Health Technical Committee. He has previously served on committees on the coordination of aquaculture research in Atlantic Canada and the development of new finfish species for aquaculture in Atlantic Canada.

Research and/or project statements

Mr. Chang’s work is currently centred on oceanographic research related to finfish aquaculture development. A major activity involves the application of a circulation model for predicting the interactions of finfish aquaculture and the marine environment. This work has provided important input for the management of issues such as aquaculture siting, fish health management of aquaculture, delineation of aquaculture management areas, offshore aquaculture development, and integrated coastal zone management. Prior to joining the St. Andrews Biological Station, Mr. Chang worked for DFO in British Columbia, in the fields of benthic ecology, juvenile salmon ecology, and fish habitat management.

Mr. Chang serves on a number of committees related to finfish aquaculture issues, primarily in the Bay of Fundy area. These include: the Aquaculture Site Evaluation Committee, the Aquaculture Environmental Coordination Committee, and the Fish Health Technical Committee. He has previously served on committees on the coordination of aquaculture research in Atlantic Canada and the development of new finfish species for aquaculture in Atlantic Canada.

Education and awards

  • B.Sc. (British Columbia)
  • M.Sc. (British Columbia)

Key publications

Chang, B.D. and Parsons, T.R. 1975. Metabolic studies on the amphipod Anisogammarus pugettensis in relation to its position in the food web of young salmonids. J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 32: 243-247.

Chang, B.D. and Navas, W. 1984. Seasonal variations in growth, condition, and gonads of Dormitator latifrons (Pisces: Eleotridae) in the Chone River basin, Ecuador. J. Fish Biol. 24: 637-648.

Levings, C.D., McAllister, C.D., and Chang, B.D. 1986. Differential use of the Campbell River estuary, British Columbia, by wild and hatchery-reared juvenile chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 43: 1386-1397.

Macdonald, J.S. and Chang, B.D. 1993. Seasonal use by fish of nearshore areas in an urbanized coastal inlet in southwestern British Columbia. Northwest Science 67: 63-77.

Chang, B.D., Stephenson, R.L, Wildish, D.J, and Watson-Wright, W.M. 1995. Protecting regionally significant marine habitats in the Gulf of Maine: a Canadian perspective. In: Improving interactions between coastal science and policy. Proceedings of the Gulf of Maine Symposium, Kennebunkport ME, 1-3 November 1994. National Academy Press, Washington DC. p.121-146.

Chang, B.D. and Watson-Wright, W.M. 1997. Aquaculture research at the St. Andrews Biological Station: past, present and future. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Pub. 2: 105-108.

Page, F., Chang, B., Ernst, W., Julien, G., and Losier, R. 2000. Research on the dispersion of sea louse pesticides in the marine environment. In: Science Review 1996 & ‘97 of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Gulf Fisheries Centre, Halifax Fisheries Research Laboratory, and the St. Andrews Biological Station. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region, Dartmouth, NS.

Chang, B.D. 2001. Canada-New Brunswick-Nova Scotia New Finfish Aquaculture Species Development Program, Summary Report 1995-2000. Can. Ind. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 260.

Chang, B.D. 2003. The Salmon aquaculture industry in New Brunswick: why go offshore? In: Open ocean aquaculture: from research to commercial reality. Edited by C.J. Bridger and B.A. Costa-Pierce. The World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. p. 229-232.

Costello, M.J., Burridge, L., Chang, B., and Robichaud, L. (editors) 2004. Special issue: Progress in the control of sea lice on salmon farms – Proceedings of the sixth international conference on sea lice biology and control, St. Andrews, Canada, 2003. Aquaculture Research 35: 711-805.

Chang, B.D., Page, F.H., and Hill, B.W.H. 2005. Preliminary analysis of coastal marine resource use and the development of open ocean aquaculture in the Bay of Fundy. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2585.

Chang, B.D., Page, F.H., Losier, R.J., Greenberg, D.A., Chaffey, J.D. and McCurdy, E.P. 2005. Application of a tidal circulation model for fish health management of infectious salmon anemia in the Grand Manan Island area, Bay of Fundy. Bull. Aquacul. Assoc. Canada 105-1: 22-33.

Research facility

125 Marine Science Drive
St. Andrews, NB E5B 0E4
Canada