Feb. 21, 2001
FREDERICTON CNB) -- Dr. Keith Murch has been appointed as Provincial Aquaculture Veterinarian, effective immediately. The appointment was announced today by Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Paul Robichaud.
This appointment is consistent with the release in the fall of 2000 of the Bay of Fundy Marine Aquaculture Site Allocation Policy, which establishes a new system for the allocation and administration of marine aquaculture sites that will support and serve a sustainable salmon aquaculture industry in the Bay of Fundy.
In his new duties, Murch will work with a team of professionals in delivering fish health programs and veterinary services to the aquaculture industry in the province. These activities will be directed towards the prevention, detection, control and eradication of fish diseases.
Murch has been with the department for 23 years and most recently served as the Manager of Veterinary Field Services. His duties primarily involved delivering specialized services to the equine industry in the province. These services supplemented the veterinary field services to food animal and equine owners provided by field veterinarians across the province.
"This a personal career choice for Dr. Murch," Robichaud said. "He applied for this position, along with several other veterinarians to an internal competition, and as a result of the standard selection process, he was offered the position."
The department will appoint a veterinarian as acting manager of veterinary field services. The vacancy created by Murch's move will be filled by a large animal field veterinarian in Fredericton.
All other veterinary services will remain intact through the provision of equine and food animal field services, poultry veterinary expertise as well as laboratory services through the department network of 19 field veterinarians throughout the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Dr. Micheal Maloney, Chief Provincial Veterinarian, 506-453-5443; Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.