Current research and/or projects

Edward has been employed with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) since 2002. Since that time he has enjoyed positions with the Centre for Integrated Aquaculture Science (CIAS), AquaNet (through the Interchange Canada Program), and the Aquaculture Management Directorate (AMD), formally called the Office of Sustainable Aquaculture.

During his time with AMD, Edward occupied positions in the National Capital Region (i.e., Ottawa) and the Newfoundland Region. In these positions, Edward participated in the development of national programs and policies to enable the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Canada, including the National Aquatic Animal Health Program, the National Code for the Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms, and the Aquaculture Framework Agreement. During this time, he received the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy Commendation Award in recognition of exceptional contribution to the Policy Sector of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

During his time with AquaNet, a Network Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture, Edward held the position of Senior Advisor to the Executive Scientific Director, which was based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In this position, Edward enjoyed many challenges including leading the planning and co-ordination of a four-year research strategy for the AquaNet renewal application, preparing and negotiating Memoranda of Understanding and Partnership Agreements with local, regional, national, and international organisations, and representing Canada in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiatives to establish an Aquaculture Network in the Americas.

Since October 2007, Edward has enjoyed serving as Manager of the Centre for Integrated Aquaculture Science, which is one of the Centres of Expertise within DFO Science. In this capacity, Edward, in collaboration with the Director of the CIAS, is responsible for leading and facilitating the coordination and implementation of an inter-regional and nationally integrated DFO aquaculture research program that supports and enhances aquaculture development and management within Canada.

Prior to joining DFO full time, Edward completed his Masters studies at the St. Andrews Biological Station on sea urchin aquaculture, in particular on the effects of nutrient manipulation in prepared diets on the somatic growth of juvenile sea urchins within culture conditions.

Research and/or project statements

Key publications

  1. Robinson, S.M.C., Castell, J.D., Kennedy, E.J. 2002. Developing suitable color in the gonads of cultured green sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). Aquaculture 206(3-4):289-303.
  2. Kennedy, E.J. 2002. Developing prepared diets for juvenile green sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) to optimize somatic growth through nutritional feeding trials. MSc Thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL.
  3. Castell, J.D., E.J. Kennedy, S.M.C. Robinson, G.J. Parsons, T.J. Blair, E. Gonzalez-Duran. 2004. Effect of dietary lipids of fatty acid composition and metabolism in juvenile green sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). Aquaculture 242:417-435.
  4. Kennedy, E.J., Robinson, S.M.C., Parsons, G.J. and Castell, J.D. 2005. Effect of Protein Source and Concentration on Somatic Growth of Juvenile Green Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 36(3): 320-336.
  5. Kennedy, E.J., Robinson, S.M.C., Parsons, G.J. and Castell, J.D. 2006. Effect of Dietary Minerals and Pigment on Somatic Growth of Juvenile Green Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis). Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 38(1): 36-48.
  6. Kennedy, E.J., Robinson, S.M.C., Parsons, G.J. and Castell, J.D. 2007. Effect of lipid source and concentration on somatic growth of juvenile green sea urchins. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. Accepted.

Research facility

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