Research Showcase: "Developing Sustainable Co-culture of Wild Rice and Fish Farming with Indigenous Communities" - Dr. Vince Palace
About the Event
IISD-ELA, in collaboration with Myera Group, Lakehead University and Indigenous communities, has undertaken a multi-year research project to study changes to water quality and fish and aquatic ecosystem health associated with co-culture of fish and wild rice. The project aims to evaluate the capacity for wild rice to bioremediate aquaculture waste products and determine what beneficial effects the plants can receive from this treatment in terms of growth and nutrient composition. The project will develop and implement community-based water quality monitoring, assess the health of resident fish and the quality of aquatic habitats, and allow sustainable practices to be established for the co-culture of fish and wild rice by Indigenous communities.
About the Speaker
Dr. Vince Palace, IISD-ELA
Dr. Vince Palace is the Head Research Scientist at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, responsible for coordinating both ongoing research projects and developing and facilitating new research initiatives. He is an aquatic toxicologist with 25 years of experience in determining exposure, evaluating potential impacts and developing mitigation strategies related to chemical and non-chemical aquatic stressors. Working with industry, government and community stakeholders, Vince has led projects on the impacts of agriculture, hydroelectric power, the oil and gas industry, and mining on aquatic ecosystems and has co-authored more than 125 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.