Research at the Ontario Aquaculture Research Station

The following is a list of current projects at the Ontario Aquaculture Research Station in Alma. Primary areas of research are breeding and genetics, culture methodology, fish health, welfare and behaviour, nutrition, growth and reproductive physiology and waste management.

Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property. If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email

Update regarding COVID-19

The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.

Current research studies

Click to see a summary of each project.

Research summary
Objective To understand how rainbow trout adapt to increasing water temperatures by identifying genes associated with increased thermal tolerance in the species, and describe methods for identifying rainbow trout families that possess enhanced thermal tolerance.
Benefit to Agri-food This project will advance knowledge about the effects of rising summer water temperatures on rainbow trout, and provide information related to selective breeding programs which will benefit commercial producers.
Research summary
Objective To determine best management practices (BMPs) for hatching and rearing lake whitefish for commercial settings to support the first whitefish farming operations in Ontario
Benefit to Agri-food Providing BMPs will support the whitefish farming operations in Ontario to successfully cultivate whitefish in an aquaculture setting for the first time, which will subsequently help to increase the dwindling population of whitefish in the Great Lakes.