Who are we?
Ressources Aquatiques Québec (RAQ) is an inter-institutional group concerned with the sustainable development of the aquaculture and fisheries industries in Québec. It brings together some 40 Québec researchers who have a large network of collaborators at provincial, national, and international levels.
The regular members of RAQ are from nine academic institutions (Université du Québec à Rimouski [host institution]; Université Laval; Université de Montréal; Université de Sherbrooke; Institut national de la recherche scientifique [INRS], Armand Frappier Institute; École Polytechnique de Montréal; Université du Québec à Chicoutimi; Université du Québec à Montréal; and a college institution [Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles]); from provincial (Québec’s Ministère Forêts, Faune et Parcs) and federal (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) agencies; and from the Canadian Museum of Nature, Merinov, the Montreal Biodome, and the Centre de recherche sur les biotechnologies marines (CRBM) in Rimouski.
RAQ has been supported financially since 2006 by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) (Programme regroupements stratégiques). RAQ is the only inter-institutional group in Québec whose goal is to actively participate in the sustainable development of Québec's aquaculture and fisheries industries. It creates a forum that brings together Québec industry members and decision-makers specialized in freshwater and coastal systems, having expertise on fish and shellfish, and who are interested in biotechnology and the economic, legal, and ethical aspects of the field. The result has been the formation of a strong, interdisciplinary, inter-institutional association that is open to new innovations and that above all has a strong objective to aid in continuing development within the industries.
Develop sustainable ways of protecting against disease;
Develop tools to help estimate the health status of organisms;
Increase knowledge about disease susceptibility;
Develop feeds that are better suited to the principles of circular economy;
Better define nutritional needs and digestive physiology;
Develop genomic resources to better understand the genetic basis of performance;
Support genetic improvement programs;
Identify gene networks associated with the expression of phenotypes of interest;
Improve our understanding of metamorphosis;
Improve production techniques.
With growing problems related to overexploitation, the return of certain species, and habitat degradation, it is crucial to acquire new knowledge. In that context, we have defined several objectives:
Characterize the diversity of exploited natural populations;
Define the spatial structure of populations and connectivity between habitats;
Document the ecological and physiological characteristics of each population;
Describe the state of populations and the quality of recreational fishing;
Provide scientific expertise to support eco-certification and product traceability;
Record the performance of young stages and recruitment success;
Examine the relative importance of sex-related growth dimorphism;
Measure the biological and socio-economic impacts of seeding;
Assess the effectiveness of new approaches to monitor populations, such as environmental DNA.
Determine the adaptive potential of different ontogenic stages in the context of global change;
Identify transgenerational impacts;
Increase our overall understanding of factors affecting the health status of organisms;
Develop integrative approaches to ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that facilitate the preservation of exploited species;
Develop innovative methods and processes for the development of molecules of interest.
Increasing the resilience of exploited ecosystems by integrating aspects of management methods, mitigation techniques, economic concerns, and stakeholder perception;
Identifying new alternative sources of ingredients for the diet of aquaculture species;
Innovation in the marketing of exploited species;
Increasing knowledge concerning interactions between environment and society, allowing governance that favours sustainable development.