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Éric Tamigneaux

Éric Tamigneaux

École des pêches et de l'aquaculture du Québec
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in the Conversion of Marine Macroalgae

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chair for Colleges


Chairholder since 2012


Macroalgae growing along shorelines in marine areas of Quebec are an abundant high-quality natural resource with high commercial potential and are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products (fertilizer, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals). Despite the emergence of an algae cultivation, harvesting and processing industry composed of SMEs, applied research in the field is unstructured and entrepreneurs have little documentation or technical support at their disposal. The creation of an Industrial Research Chair in the conversion of marine macroalgae at the École des pêches et de l'Aquaculture du Québec, which is part of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, will address current needs and will bring together available knowledge, resources and expertise. The main objectives of the Chair are to stimulate applied research in macroalgae, to coordinate efforts, to provide scientific and technical support to industry and to propose training for local businesses and students. The proposed applied research comprises three components: fisheries and natural resources, mariculture, and algal biomass conversion. In the first component, the research activities will be used to update the overview of algal resources in Quebec and develop new methods and techniques for locating, inventorying and harvesting these resources. In the mariculture component, efforts will be focussed on developing and optimizing hatchery and open-ocean culture methods and scaling up these methods to test their commercial feasibility. In the algal biomass conversion component, compounds of interest will be targetted and methods for extracting these compounds will be developed. The projects proposed in each component will be adapted to the concrete demands and needs of industry in order to enable entrepreneurs and users of the results to address the challenge of sustainably utilizing the resource and stimulating the local and regional economy.


  • Biotaag International
  • InnoVactiv
  • Algoa
  • Fermes marines du Québec
  • Organic Ocean

Contact Information

École des pêches et de l'aquaculture du Québec
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
167 La Grande Allée Est, P.O. Box 220
Grande-Rivière, Québec
G0C 1V0

Tel.: 418-385-2241, ext. 4108
Fax: 418-385-2888

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