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Peter Cranford

Peter Cranford

Marine Ecologist
Bedford Institute of Oceanography


Peter Cranford is an oceanographer and marine ecologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. His research has focused on quantifying aquaculture environmental interactions to improve our understanding of the environmental dependence and effects of shellfish and finfish aquaculture. As a government scientist, his work is conducted to provide practical knowledge and expertise that can be used to support decisions by the Canadian government and international collaborators on the development of effective area-wide management strategies for promoting the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. He has been actively involved in applying international research in the development of integrated, ecosystem-based management approaches for aquaculture through participation with national and international organizations. He previously chaired the ICES working group on marine shellfish culture and was the first Science Advice Chair of the ICES working group on aquaculture. He is currently a contributing editor of the journal “Aquaculture Environment Interactions”.

Research Interest

Peter Cranford research has addressed three primary objectives i.e. determine the ecological roles of open-water cultured bivalve populations, including their influence on ecosystem structure and function; provide predictive relationships for bivalve responses to natural and human-induced stresses; and develop approaches and methodologies for assessing, monitoring and managing environmental interactions with bivalve and fish aquaculture in coastal marine ecosystems