Sophie St-Hilaire

Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture

Tier 2 - 2011-08-15
Renewed: 2016-07-01
University of Prince Edward Island
Natural Sciences and Engineering


Coming to Canada from

Idaho State University, USA

Research involves

Improving the sustainability of aquaculture to provide healthier fish for consumption and reduce the environmental impact of aquaculture.

Research relevance

This research will address the environmental impacts of aquaculture practices and improve the sustainability of aquaculture.

Sustainable aquaculture to reduce disease

Infectious disease outbreaks in aquaculture settings create a risk to the industry and the environment.

Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture, is trying to minimize the impacts of these outbreaks on wild and farmed fish populations through innovative prevention and control strategies.

St-Hilaire is answering critical questions concerning pathogen transmission on fish farms. In addition, she is addressing the use of pharmaceuticals in fish and shellfish destined for human consumption and the potential effects of persistent, low-level exposure to these compounds in wild fish and shellfish populations.

St-Hilaire has worked on aquaculture projects in several countries including the United States, United Kingdon, Chile and Canada. Her work will contribute to the development of sustainable aquaculture practices in Canada and the world.