Media

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 dconley@aquabounty.com or phone 1+ 613 294 3078.  Follow us on Twitter @AquaBountyTech.

In the Media

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


A fertile tool for sterile fish

Salmon that have been made sterile through loss of germ cells are likely to be a more practical alternative to triploids to ensure genetic containment in areas such as Scotland. So believes Dr Anna Wargelius, leader of a project that read more


Q&A: The future of genome editing and how it will be regulated

A new technology called CRISPR is making international headlines as a monumental leap in genetic engineering. CRISPR, an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” is a genome-editing technology that allows scientists to alter DNA much more quickly, easily read more



Sterile salmon headline genetic event

A project that has successfully created sterile salmon by mutating genes responsible for germ cell development in fish larvae was one of the highlights of the first day of Aquaculture Europe 2016. The event, which is taking place in Edinburgh read more


Genomics key to conquering lice

“Knowing the complete DNA code of the salmon could have far more impact on the future sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry than moving cages further offshore,” according to the Chairman of AquaGen, Odd Magne Rødseth. Speaking at today’s Aqkva read more


Sea lice not a problem for AquaBounty

Sea lice, a parasite that lives on salmon and feeds on their blood and tissue, has caused production problems for the salmon farming industry in 2016 and retailers have had to raise prices or reduce package sizes as a result read more


We’re no longer nomads, so we should farm more fish

Combing through history, seafood industry veteran Phil Walsh combs finds no reason to restrict aquaculture Around 12 thousand years ago a group of Homo sapiens departed Africa, where the species first appeared 150 thousand or so years earlier, and found read more


Want to eat more sustainably? Eat more fish and veg

With starvation and obesity posing two of global society’s most pressing issues, and with a world population that’s forecast to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, further intensifying the pressure on precious resources, the current human diet read more



On GM foods, part 3: Let’s decide where we’re going

Advanced science provides solutions to food and nutrition security, environmental impacts, biodiversity and the crucial omega-3 gap Philosopher and baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” The discussion read more





False claims about ‘Frankenfish’

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year and prior. The following article read more



Who’s afraid of Frankenfish?

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year and prior. The following article read more


U.S. approval of GMO salmon may set precedent

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year and prior. The following article read more


Don’t fear the Frankenfish

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year and prior. The following article read more




Preventing escape of GMO salmon

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year. The following article is by Anastasia read more


A genetically modified salmon is just a fish

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year. The following is an Opinion read more


How we produce AquAdvantage Salmon eggs

To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year. The following are explanations in read more




Food Evolution tackles the great GMO debate

A surprisingly convincing argument in favor of genetically engineered food What is in the food we eat and how do we know if it is safe? With globalization and advances in technology, that is increasingly harder to answer. Many people read more


Climate change ripples through life on Earth

Climate change is affecting most life on Earth, despite an average global temperature increase of just 1oC, say leading international scientists in a study published today in Science. The scientific team, including researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for read more




Brexit could aid GM cause

The decision to leave the EU could be beneficial to the GM camelina project headed up by Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire. So project leader Dr Johnathan Napier told Fish Farming Expert, during a visit to the UK’s oldest agriculture research read more


Why was Canadian media silent?

The Canadian federal courts have dismissed the latest lawsuit and appeal by environmental groups against the GE salmon producer AquaBounty, giving the firm the green light to start commercial production. On October 21st the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the read more