Dr. Wroblewski has been conducting research on a new method of marine fish population restoration, termed "enhancement of reproductive potential" or ERP (Wroblewski, et al., 1996; Wroblewski, et al., 1999; Wroblewski and Hiscock, 2002). This entails trapping late juvenile and young adult fish from the wild, increasing their growth and fecundity by feeding them in sea pens, and then returning the fish to their natural habitat to spawn. Hatchery based enhancement programs have met with criticism regarding genetic changes in cultured populations, and the fitness of released fish.
The Atlantic cod of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland were once a major food source for Europeans and North Americans. France and Portugal began fishing the Grand Banks in the early 1500s, joined by England during the 1600s. Spain, the former Soviet Union, Poland and Canada harvested great quantities of cod with dragnet trawlers during the latter part of the 20th century. In 1992 the northern cod population finally succumbed to decades of overfishing and several years of recruitment failure (poor reproductive success), due to natural climate change in the marine environment.
All students entering MCFT are enrolled in the Forest Technology program. This program takes place over two years and includes a paid summer work term between year one and two. Upon completion successful students will obtain a Diploma in Forest Technology. Any student who chooses to pursue the Advanced Diploma will have to opt into the program while in the second semester of their first year of studies if they wish to complete the Advanced Diploma within two years.
The Environmental Applied Science Technology Program educates and trains Environmental Technicians to have the skills and knowledge to manage and enhance the sustainability of the environment. These activities include environmental monitoring, or the use of sampling and analysis techniques in any of the following sectors:
Wood products processing is one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in Canada. The Wood Manufacturing Council of Canada says that the industry needs skilled and educated people for careers in furniture and cabinetmaking, product design, quality control, plant layout, computer applications, equipment sales and service, and international trade and marketing.
The Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program is a new program developed to train carpenters to respond to the need to restore heritage buildings while achieving energy efficiency. By preserving and restoring heritage buildings we can secure the future of these culturally important structures by achieving a sustainable level of energy efficiency while providing comfort for occupants. If you are interested in working with wood while learning about energy efficient renovation and building history, this is the program for you.
Tourism and hospitality is the fastest growing industry in the world. This program is designed to respond to this demand with highly-trained graduates who have a global perspective. With two areas of concentration, Tourism and Travel Coordinator and Events Coordinator, the Tourism and Travel Management program is positioned to address key sector growth with a broad mix of practical and theoretical courses.
The Sport and Leisure Management program is built on addressing the sport, recreation, and leisure needs of a changing society. Phenomenal growth has occurred and is predicted to continue well into the future for the career opportunities targeted by this program. These diverse and expanding sectors are bolstered by the globalization of the tourism industry.