Our Media Contact — Dave Conley

Dave_Conley_90x120Dave Conley, AquaBounty’s Director of Communications, is our lead contact for media questions.

A native of Montreal, Dave has worked in aquaculture for more than 30 years.  One of North America’s foremost champions of sustainable aquaculture, Dave is the former editor of Pacific Coast Aquaculture, and has served as Communications and Policy Advisor for Canada’s first and only Commissioner for Aquaculture Development at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

In addition to his work for AquaBounty, Dave is a volunteer Director of Aquaculture without Frontiers, an independent non-profit organization that promotes sustainable aquaculture in the developing world.

If you are a reporter with questions about AquaBounty, please contact Dave at or phone 1+ 613 294 3078.  Follow us on Twitter @AquaBountyTech.

In the Media

Can humans survive without genome technology?

Each year enough rice to feed 30 million people is lost to flooding. Pam Ronald and her lab have been working to change that, using genome-editing technology and tools such as CRISPR to create strains of rice that are heartier read more

Transgenic fish food for healthier salmon

Oil from a genetically engineered oilseed crop could be used to feed farmed salmon and increase their levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, according to researchers. Salmon are an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can protect against cardiovascular read more

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 presents FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics. Global fish production* peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total and 53 percent, if non-food uses (including read more

Genetically-engineered-salmon farm awaits eggs

Fresh water is circulating through 68,684-gallon indoor tanks. Containment barriers are in place to prevent an escape. Facilitiy manager Pablo Bernal and other veteran Chilean fish farmers are on the job. Birds and dragonflies swoop and dart above wastewater treatment read more

AquaBounty expansion

Construction at GM salmon facility in Rollo Bay proceeding as planned The summer of 2017 was a hot one in PEI, not only weather-wise but also opinion-wise, when it came to the provincial government’s approval for AquaBounty Technologies’ expansion of read more

One hurdle for AquaBounty could go, but others remain

Controversial genetically engineered (GE) salmon pioneer AquaBounty Technologies could be cleared to begin US salmon sales if a continued prohibition against its imports isn’t inserted into the next federal budget, the company says. However, an Alaskan senator who was crucial read more

Genetically engineered salmon anyone?

For the very first time in the world, Biotech company AquaBounty made a genetically engineered animal available for public consumption. Since going on sale last year in Canada, their genetically engineered salmon has attracted controversy from consumers and scientists alike. read more

To eat or not to eat?

Community Editorial Panel with Morris Haugg In August I wrote an article entitled “Thoughts on Picking Beans” (not “Pickling” as the headline stated). I concluded by saying that I was hungry and looking forward to a salmon dinner. At that read more

Single cell protein could be used for aquafeed

A new study has for the first time revealed that a particular single cell protein could replace wild-caught fish and agricultural crops as a key ingredient in aquaculture feeds, potentially providing a lower cost and sustainable alternative protein source. The read more

Breakthrough for omega-3 canola

A strain of canola which contains long-chain omega-3s has now been submitted for regulatory approval in Australia, with submissions in the US and Canada anticipated to be filed later this month. The strain has been developed by Nuseed, a wholly read more

Algae feed for the aquaculture industry

Successful trials of a native, whole algae specialty feed ingredient which is high in omega-3s, are helping to make the product more commercially available to salmon farmers and the wider aquaculture industry. Consequently, TerraVia and Bunge Ltd have been able read more

Backing for land-based logic

Up to 200,000 tonnes of market-sized salmonids will be grown in land-based systems within the next decade. So believes Steve Summerfelt, Director of Aquaculture Systems Research at the Freshwater Institute in West Virginia. “I think that, within 10 years, the read more

Land-based capacity nears 150,000 tonnes

The world’s biggest land-based salmon facilities will soon have the capacity to produce over 150,000 tonnes of market sized salmon. This surprising discovery was revealed by DNB analyst Tone Bjørnstad Hanstad at this week’s Tekset conference in Trondheim, following the read more

On GM foods, part 4: Let’s examine our needs

Scott Nichols concludes his series about GM foods with a deeper dive into transgenic animals The state of genetically engineered farm animals is not as advanced as it is for crop plants. In the United States, there are eight genetically read more

Salmon and calves reframe biotech debate

What do a fast-growing salmon and two hornless calves have in common? In recent days they’ve ushered in a new era of food production and reframed the genetic engineering debate. It began when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved read more

Joe Regenstein touts benefits of GMOs

Consumer fears about genetically modified food are mostly misplaced, according to Cornell professor emeritus of food science Joe Regenstein B.A. ’65, M.S. ’66, who spoke to an audience of 70 at Mann Library Feb. 18, 2016. After all, he said, agriculture read more