Our Media Contact — Dave Conley

Dave 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

AquaBounty is hiring in PEI, Canada

AquaBounty Canada (ABC) has a great opportunity for a full-time position within our Production team in our facilities in Fortune Bay and Rollo Bay, PEI. The individual filling this role will be a member of the production team and provide read more

PODCAST: Is the Future of Fish Farming in Indiana?

Indiana agriculture is not limited to grain and livestock. There is also a growing aquaculture sector that illustrates the Hoosier State’s agbioscience industry. One example is AquaBounty Technologies, which operates a facility in Albany. Based in Massachusetts, it was the first read more

Farmed Salmon is a Core Component of Healthy, Sustainable Diets

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) today published its annual Sustainability Report, which documents the environmental performance and nutritional profile of farm-raised salmon. As part of the group’s efforts to drive improvements in the sustainability performance of the global fish-farming industry, read more

RAS producers learning to ‘pivot’ in COVID-19

Global pandemic shining light on land-based aquaculture If there is one insight to be gleaned from the global pandemic that has rocked the world this year, it is the need to strengthen domestic, sustainable food production. Fish and fish products read more

Biotechnology offers hope for the world’s hungry

Amidst the human tragedy and media storm that is the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that persistent threats to human health and well-being that pre-existed the COVID-19 still remain. Hunger and malnutrition, constantly simmering threats read more

No ocean required

Forward-thinking fish farmers are growing world-class salmon in the heart of the Midwest As the most-consumed type of fish in the United States, salmon is an incredibly important—and uniquely healthy—source of protein. But while wild-caught Pacific salmon remains plentiful in read more

GMOs: What they are, are they safe and which foods have them

Get the facts on genetically modified organisms. Glow-in-the-dark mice, silk-producing goats, venomous cabbage — these are all wacky and downright unsettling examples of what can happen when scientists tinker with DNA. They’re also part of the reason that the public and scientific debates read more

Opinions – A fishy campaign against salmon

Mitch Daniels, a Post contributing columnist, is president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana. What should one make of the following set of facts? A federal government, urged on by self-designated advocates for the “public interest,” blocks read more

US Regulation of Transgenic Food Animals (2 of 3)

This is part 2 of a 1, 2, 3 part series on Genetic Engineering in Livestock When AquaBounty sought to commercialize the first transgenic food animal in the mid 1990s (first produced in 1989), there was no official regulatory approach in place. Former CEO read more

From lab to table

World’s first bioengineered animal approved as food has Memorial roots It’s been a long and winding road to bring the life’s work of a Faculty of Science researcher from an experiment in a lab to the kitchen table. Dr. Garth read more

AquaBounty begins $10m share sale

Transgenic-salmon grower AquaBounty has commenced a public offering of $10 million of shares in the company. The Massachusetts-headquartered firm said it also expects to grant the underwriter of the offering a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional $1.5m read more

AquaBounty unveils 50,000 tonne target

AquaBounty has announced plans to produce 50,000 tonnes of transgenic salmon annually by 2027 as it bids to raise $9.2 million from investors. Outlining the company’s goals in a bid to attract investment the company revealed a “near-term business plan… read more

AquaBounty paints bright future as it seeks more cash

Transgenic-salmon grower AquaBounty has outlined ambitious expansion plans as it seeks to raise a further $9.2 million from investors. These include construction of four to five new farms in North America, each costing between $75m to $100m, at sites close read more

AquaBounty criticizes Murkowski GE salmon rider

Genetically modified salmon supplier AquaBounty is criticizing “vague” new requirements for GM-salmon labeling that were included in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill, which is expected to pass in the U.S. Senate this week. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which read more

RAS believers making an early stand on American soil

Domestically produced, fresh Atlantic salmon is hitting the U.S. marketplace. That’s nothing new. What is new is that these fish aren’t from traditional ocean-based farms. They’re from land-based aquaculture facilities in places most people wouldn’t expect. For industry insiders, the read more

Opinion: Murkowski is stifling innovation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s recent column in these pages touted her many efforts to support Alaskan fisheries and fishermen. I couldn’t agree more with her goals and support the solutions she puts forward that will enhance the livelihood of this great read more

Warming up to climate change

The inconvenient truth about climate change is that not only are temperature changes affecting our natural ecosystems, it’s also causing us to rethink the way we do things, both as consumers and as an industry. Whether it’s in our personal read more

UF Announces Future of Food Forum

A Future of Food Forum will be held on the University of Florida (UF) campus, Gainesville Florida, on January 15, 2020. The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems within the UF Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting this Forum to bring read more

Genetically modified salmon to be sold in the U.S.

On the outskirts of Albany, a town in the U.S. state of Indiana, a pair of nondescript, factory-sized white buildings are located. It is here that biotechnology firm AquaBounty Technologies is producing genetically modified (GM) salmon, scheduled to hit the read more

Genetically modified salmon to hit US markets

Genetically modified food is a hot topic. Already, the majority of corn and soy grown in the U.S. has been genetically modified. But the science has also reached a range of other consumer products, and that includes salmon, which is read more

Gone global?

The assault on genetically modified salmon coming from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and others appear to be making life difficult for the company trying to bring the fast-growing fish to market. Whether that is a good thing or a bad read more

AquaBounty aiming to build new RAS sites overseas

For more than two decades, AquaBounty has been developing its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon, which the company plans to grow in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Since the company gained regulatory approval, and finally had an import alert lifted by the U.S. read more

GM salmon set for Q4 2020 harvest

AquaBounty has announced that it expects to harvest the first of its genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon from its farm in Indiana by the end of 2020. Its Q3 report, published this week, reports that the firm currently has 77 tonnes read more

AquaBounty planning to label GM salmon in the US

AquaBounty is planning to preemptively label its genetically modified salmon in the United States in 2020, a company spokesperson told SeafoodSource soon after Canadian seafood industry executives and NGOs spoke out against the fish. At the Canadian Seafood Show in read more