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18 July 2017

Canadian scientist collects MSD Animal Health High Quality Salmon Congress Award
Jordan Poley’s work with sea lice helps scoop award

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, July 18, 2017 – A Canadian scientist has been presented with the MSD Animal Health High Quality Salmon Congress Award thanks to his passion for change in the aquaculture industry.

Jordan Poley, who is currently based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada, was presented with the award at MSD Animal Health’s High Quality Salmon Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland. He also gave the audience who attended the event a presentation on his PhD and explained why he was so passionate about finding ways to manage and ultimately solve the sea lice challenge.

Jordan gained his Bachelor of Science in 2012 following his thesis on the effects of immunostimulatory feeds on Atlantic salmon responses to sea lice infection.

He now is working on his PhD in Pathology and Microbiology concentrating on transcriptional signatures of stress in sea lice, making him extremely experienced in one of the hardest challenges facing the industry: eradicating sea lice.

He said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the MSD Animal Health High Quality Salmon Congress award. Aquaculture is a very young industry, providing sustainable sources of "low on the food chain" protein for our ever-growing human population. With the industry being so new, researchers have an endless number of opportunities to better characterise and improve the practices used for disease management, optimal growth, etc.

“The work I am doing is just great as the people I’ve encountered and got to know are all working towards the same goal, to better the aquaculture industry which is something I know MSD Animal Health are constantly striving to do.

“In the future, in terms of measures of control for sea lice, I think vaccines will continue to be the optimal method of treatment, although it will be difficult. The world of science is still learning about sea lice biology and for now, numerous strategies are required to deal with this parasite.

“I am however hopeful that future treatment development will narrow the cost of lice to the industry, and of course, to the fish.”

Jordan attended the congress as one of 14 inspiring keynote speakers who travelled from Scotland, Norway, Canada and the United States.

The theme of the congress was Aquaculture Futurecast: Outlook of the next five years, an area Jordan has shown high levels of expertise and passion in.

Chris Gould, Global Technical Services Manager of MSD Animal Health, said:

“We were delighted to award Jordan Poley with this award at our High Quality Salmon Congress. His passion and work towards advancing the salmon industry to develop new ways of tackling challenges is admirable and something we are all working towards.

“It’s an interesting time for the industry and we all look forward to seeing how we can work together to continue to improve the health and lives of farmed fish.”