Steve Neil

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Steve is an experienced lab and field technician. He currently manages the Marine Fish Hatchery and has extensive experience rearing both cod and haddock. He has worked with other species such as halibut, salmon and sturgeon. He oversaw the rearing of individual cod families as part of the Cod Genomics project in conjunction with the Huntsman Marine Science Center. Research through the Biotechnology program has been centered around cod reproductive potential and suppressing maturation in farm raised cod using photoperiod and triploidy. He is most recently conducting research on sperm cyropreservation for cod.

Research and/or project statements

Professional activities / interests

  • Site Biologist (1995-1996, J.D. Stewart Fisheries Limited)
  • Salmon Habitat Research (1997, St. Croix International Waterways)
  • Research Technician (1997-1998, University of New Brunswick)
  • Aquaculture Technician (1998-2000, DFO)

Education and awards

BSc. Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, 1995

Management and Technology Diploma, University of New Brunswick, 1997

Key publications

  1. Trippel, E.A. and Neil, S.R.E. 2004. Maternal and seasonal differences in egg sizes and spawning activity of northwest Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) in relation to body size and condition. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 61: 2097-2110
  2. Trippel, E.A. and Neil, S.R.E. 2003. Effects of photoperiod and light intensity on growth and activity of juvenile haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). Aquaculture 217: 633-645.
  3. Neil, S.R.E. 2003. Nursery technology for haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) at the St. Andrews Biological Station. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. 7: 43-52.
  4. Harmon, P.R., MacKinnon, A., Neil, S.R.E. and Boston, L. 2003. First report of nodavirus in haddock. Aquacul. Assoc. Can. Spec. Publ. 7: 115-120.
  5. Blair, T., Castell, J., Neil, S., D’Abramo, L., Cahu, C., Harmon, P. and Ogunmoye, K. 2003. Evaluation of microdiets versus live feeds on growth, survival and fatty acid composition of larval haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). Aquaculture 225: 451-461.
  6. Castell, J., Blair, T., Neil, S., Howes, K., Mercer, S., Reid, J., Young-Lai, W., Gullison, B., Dhert, P. and Sorgeloos, P. 2003. The effect of different HUFA enrichment emulsions on the nutritional value of rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis) fed to larval haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). Aquaculture International 11: 109-117.
  7. Harmon, P., Howes, K., Neil, S., Wade, J., Young-Lai, W. 2002. Marine fish culture annual research report, 2001. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Biological Station, St. Andrews NB Canada, 47 p.
  8. Trippel, E.A., Castell, J.D., Neil, S.R.E. and Blair, T.J. 2000. Assessment of egg quality of haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) in paired matings, p. 405-407. In Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Reproductive Physiology of Fish, 4-9 July, 1999, Bergen Norway, Edited by B. Norberg, O.S. Kjesbu, G.L. Taranger, E. Andersson, and S.O. Stefansson.