Fred Page

Research Scientist

Director of the Centre for Integrated Aquaculture Science

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Page’s general area of expertise is Coastal Oceanography, particularly from the perspective of physical-biological interactions and their applications to Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coastal Zone Management issues. At present his specific interests include water circulation modelling, transport and dispersal processes of conservative and non-conservative scalars, statistical analyses of spatial and temporal and patterns in the abundance of aquatic organisms, environmental indicators and biological community structures and analyses approaches for linking these to environmental conditions. He has a particular geographic interest in the oceanography of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine.

He is involved with research programs that collect and analyze hydrographic and lower trophic level biological data data, investigate harmful algal blooms and their impacts, customises water circulation and particle tracking models, develops decision support approaches related to aquaculture, fisheries and coastal zone management, investigates the oceanographic aspects associated with the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and investigates the influence of environmental conditions on fish stock structure and fisheries stock assessments. His work has provided influential advice on issues such as aquaculture farm siting, coastal zone carrying capacity, aquaculture fish health management, coastal zone management, the development of offshore aquaculture, environmental impacts of aquaculture, aquaculture-fisheries interactions, aquaculture bay management, and environmental influences on fish stock structure and stock assessments.

He is interested in exposing students to the applications of science in decision making and in involving students in his team’s research as well as fostering the development of closer interactions between government and university science. Dr. Page is Head of the Coastal Oceanography Section (COS) at the DFO St. Andrews Biological Station (SABS) and a member of the SABS Management Team. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He is a member of the DFO Maritimes Regional Aquaculture Management Committee, the DFO Atlantic Zone Fisheries Oceanography Committee, the Joint Federal-Provincial (New Brunswick) Aquaculture Environmental Coordinating Committee (AECC), and a member of the ICES Working group on Coastal Zone Management.

He is a regular advisor on oceanographic and environmental interaction issues to the Federal-Provincial (NB) Aquaculture Fish Health Technical Committee, the regional finfish aquaculture industry, the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, the New Brunswick Department of Environment, the DFO Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Branch and the DFO Oceans Branch including the Habitat Management sector. In the past he has been an advisor to the Federal-Provincial (NB) Exclusion Zone Committee dealing with fisheries-aquaculture interactions, a member of the Canadian Atlantic Fisheries Stock Assessment Committee (CAFSAC) and a Principal Investigator in the US GLOBEC Program, Canadian GLOBEC program, the Canadian Aquanet Network Centre of Excellence and the Canadian GEOHAB effort.

Research and/or project statements

Dr. Page’s general area of expertise is Coastal Oceanography, particularly from the perspective of physical-biological interactions and their applications to Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coastal Zone Management issues. At present his specific interests include water circulation modelling, transport and dispersal processes of conservative and non-conservative scalars, statistical analyses of spatial and temporal and patterns in the abundance of aquatic organisms, environmental indicators and biological community structures and analyses approaches for linking these to environmental conditions. He has a particular geographic interest in the oceanography of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. He is involved with research programs that collect and analyze hydrographic and lower trophic level biological data data, investigate harmful algal blooms and their impacts, customises water circulation and particle tracking models, develops decision support approaches related to aquaculture, fisheries and coastal zone management, investigates the oceanographic aspects associated with the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and investigates the influence of environmental conditions on fish stock structure and fisheries stock assessments. His work has provided influential advice on issues such as aquaculture farm siting, coastal zone carrying capacity, aquaculture fish health management, coastal zone management, the development of offshore aquaculture, environmental impacts of aquaculture, aquaculture-fisheries interactions, aquaculture bay management, and environmental influences on fish stock structure and stock assessments. He is interested in exposing students to the applications of science in decision making and in involving students in his team’s research as well as fostering the development of closer interactions between government and university science.

Education and awards

  • B. Sc (University of New Brunswick – Marine Biology)
  • MSc (University of New Brunswick - Biology)
  • PhD (Dalhousie University - Oceanography)

Key publications

  1. Logan, A., F.H.Page and M.L.H. Thomas. 1984. Depth zonation of epibenthos on sublittoral hard substrates off Deer Island, Bay of Fundy, Canada, Est. Coast. Shelf Sci., 18: 571-592.

  2. Page, F.H., K.T. Frank and K. Thompson. 1989. Stage dependant vertical distribution of haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) eggs in a stratified water column: observations and model. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 46(Suppl.1):55-67.

  3. Thompson, K. and F.H. Page. 1989. Detecting Synchrony of Recruitment Using Short, Autocorrelated Time Series. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 46(10):1831‑1838.

  4. Page, F.H. and K. Frank. 1989. Spawning time and egg duration in Northwest Atlantic haddock stocks with emphasis on Georges and Browns Bank. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 46(Suppl.1):68‑81.

  5. Page, F.H. and P.C. Smith. 1989. Particle dispersion in the surface layer off southwest Nova Scotia: description and evaluation of a model. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.,46(Suppl.1):21‑43.

  6. Werner, F.E., F.H. Page, D.R. Lynch, J.W. Loder, R.G. Lough, R.I. Perry, D.A. Greenberg and M. M. Sinclair. 1993. Influence of the mean advection and simple behaviour on the distribution of cod and haddock early life stages on Georges Bank. Fish. Oceanogr., 2(2):43-64

  7. Page, F.H. and R. Losier 1994 Temperature variability within Canadian bottom-trawl summer surveys conducted within NAFO division 4VWX during 1970 to 1992, ICES mar. Sci. Symp. 198: 323-331

  8. Page, F.H. 1994 Overview of Environmental Trends p. 119-130 In Angel, J.R. D.L. Burke, R.N. O'Boyle, F.G. Peacock, M. Sinclair and K.C.T. Zwanenburg (eds.) Report of the Workshop on Scotia-Fundy Groundfish Management from 1977 to 1993, Can. Tech. Rept. Fish. Aquat. Sci. No. 1979: vi+175p.

  9. Smith, S.J. and F.H. Page. 1996 Associations between Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and hydrographic variables: implications for the management of the 4VsW cod stock. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 53:597-614

  10. Page, F.H., Losier, R. and J. McRuer 1997. Overview of 1996 hydrographic sampling effort and near-bottom water temperature and salinity conditions observed during the Canadian spring research vessel groundfish surveys conducted on the eastern Scotian Shelf (4VsW) and Georges Bank (5Z). DFO Atl. Fish. Res. Doc. 97/12, 29p

  11. Page, F.H., M. Sinclair, C.E. Namie, J.W. Loder, R.J. Losier, P.L. Berrien and R.G. Lough. 1999 Cod and haddock spawning on Georges Bank in relation to water residence times. Fish. Oceanogr. 8(3): 212-226.

  12. Page, F.H., M. Ringuette, J. Spry and P.Clement. 2000. Physical and Biological Monitoring at Prince 5 during 1999. Can. Stock Assess. Secret. Res. Doc. 2000/098, 27 p.

  13. Burridge, L.E., K. Haya, F.H. Page, S.L. Waddy, V. Zitko and J. Wade. 2000. The lethality of the cypermethrin formulation Excisâ to larval and post-larval stages of the American lobster (Homarus americanus). Aquaculture 182(2000): 37-47

  14. Hanke, A.R., F.H. Page and J. Neilson. 2000. Distribution of Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) eggs and larvae on the Scotian Shelf. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2308: iii + 140 p.

  15. Ernst, W., P. Jackman, K. Doe, F. Page, G. Julien, K. MacKay, and T. Sutherland. 2001. Dispersion and Toxicity to non-target Aquatic Organisms of Pesticides used to Treat Sea Lice on Salmon in Net Pen Enclosures. Marine Pollution Bulletin 42(6):433-444.

  16. Shephard, T., F. Page and B. MacDonald. 2002. Length and sex specific associations between spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and hydrographic variables in the Bay of Fundy and Scotian Shelf. Fisheries Oceanography 11(2):78-89

  17. Page, F.H., B.D. Chang, R.J. Losier, D.A. Greenberg and P. McCurdy. 2004. Water circulation and management of ISA in the southwest New Brunswick salmon culture industry. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. 8:64-68.

  18. Page, Fred, Jeffrey Piercey, Blythe Chang, Bruce MacDonald and David Greenberg 2004 An Introduction to the Oceanographic Aspects of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture, Bull. Aquacul. Assoc. Canada 104-3 (2004): 35-43

  19. Page, F.H., R.L. Stephenson and B.D. Chang. 2004. A framework for addressing aquaculture-environment-fisheries interactions in the southwestern New Brunswick portion of the Bay of Fundy. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. 8:69-72.

  20. Martin, Jennifer L., Fred H. Page, Murielle M .LeGresley and Donald J.A. Richard. 2004. Phytoplankton Monitoring as a Management Tool: Timing of Alexandrium and Psuedo-nitzschia blooms in the Bay of Fundy, Eastern Canada. In Hall, S., Etheridge, S., Anderson, D., Kleindinst, J. Zhu, M. and Zou, Y. (Eds.) “Harmful Algae Management and Mitigation”. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Singapore): APEC Publication #204-MR-04.2, pp. 136-140

  21. Page, F.H., R. Losier, P. McCurdy, D. Greenberg, J. Chaffey and B. Chang. 2005 Dissolved Oxygen and Salmon Cage Culture in the southwestern New Brunswick portion of the Bay of Fundy. Chapter 1, p. 1-28 in Hargrave, B.T. (ed.) Handbook Environmental Chemistry, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

  22. Page,F.H., J.L. Martin, A. Hanke & M.M. LeGresley 2005 Temporal and spatial variability in the characteristics of Alexandrium fundyense blooms in the coastal zone of the Bay of Fundy, eastern Canada. South African J. of Mar. Sci.

  23. Greenberg, D.A., J.A. Shore, F.H. Page and M. Dowd. 2005 Modelling embayments with drying intertidal areas for application to the Quoddy region of the Bay of Fundy. Ocean Modelling 10(2005):211-231

  24. Martin, J.L., F.H.Page, A. Hanke, P.M. Strain and M.M. LeGresley. 2005 Alexandrium fundyense vertical distributions during 1982, 2001 and 2002 in the offshore Bay of Fundy, Eastern Canada. Deep Sea Research

  25. Chang, B.D., Page, F.H., Martin, J.L., Harrison, G., Horne, E., Burridge, D. Greenberg, L.E., LeGresley, M.M., Hanke, A.R., McCurdy, P., and Smith, J.A. 2005. Phytoplankton Early Warning Approaches for Salmon Farmers in Southwestern New Brunswick. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. No. 9: 20-23

  26. Page, F.H., A. Hanke, J.L. Martin, M. LeGresley, B. Chang. 2005. Characteristics of Alexandrium fundyense Blooms that Affect Caged Salmon in the Bay of Fundy Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. No 9: 27-30

  27. Page, F.H., B.D. Chang, R. J. Losier, D. A. Greenberg, J. D. Chaffey and P. McCurdy. 2005. Water circulation and management of infectious salmon anemia in the salmon aquaculture industry of southern Grand Manan Island, Bay of Fundy, Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2595: iii + 78 p.

  28. Black, E., T. Chopin, J. Grant, F. Page, N. Ridler and J. Smith 2006 Aquaculture and Integrated Resource Management: A Canadian Perspective, Chapter X In J. McVey, C-S Lee, D. Jang and P. O’Bryen (editors) “The Role of Aquaculture in Integrated Coastal And Ocean Management: An Ecosystem Approach”Chang, B.D., F.H. Page and B. Hill. 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: iv + 36 p.

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Biology Department, University of New Brunswick Saint John

Dr. Page is Head of the Coastal Oceanography Section (COS) at the DFO St. Andrews Biological Station (SABS) and a member of the SABS Management Team. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He is a member of the DFO Maritimes Regional Aquaculture Management Committee, the DFO Atlantic Zone Fisheries Oceanography Committee, the Joint Federal-Provincial (New Brunswick) Aquaculture Environmental Coordinating Committee (AECC), and a member of the ICES Working group on Coastal Zone Management. He is a regular advisor on oceanographic and environmental interaction issues to the Federal-Provincial (NB) Aquaculture Fish Health Technical Committee, the regional finfish aquaculture industry, the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, the New Brunswick Department of Environment, the DFO Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Branch and the DFO Oceans Branch including the Habitat Management sector.  In the past he has been an advisor to the Federal-Provincial (NB) Exclusion Zone Committee dealing with fisheries-aquaculture interactions, a member of the Canadian Atlantic Fisheries Stock Assessment Committee (CAFSAC) and a Principal Investigator in the US GLOBEC Program, Canadian GLOBEC program, the Canadian Aquanet Network Centre of Excellence and the Canadian GEOHAB effort.