Thomas Bosteels


Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc.


Bosteels obtained an engineering degree in bio-sciences, at IHSR (presently Ghent University) in Belgium. After serving in the Belgian military, Thomas joined the Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center at the University of Ghent. He subsequently worked in Vietnam and China on Aquaculture projects for the European Community (EC), the Flemish Inter-University council (VLIR) and the Flemish organization for Development and Co-operation (VVOB). Thomas then joined the private Aquaculture feeds Industry, for which he held several technical and managerial positions working in Asia, Central Asia, Europe and the United States. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Group for the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources), the Nutrient Technical Team for the Utah Division of Water Quality and the Great Salt Lake Salinity Advisory Committee for the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the field of Artemia, aquaculture and aquaculture feeds production, and is presently the CEO of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc..

Title: Identifying a salinity range that supports a healthy brine shrimp population in Gilbert bay, Great Salt Lake.

Abstract: The brine shrimp Artemia is known for its ability to thrive over a broad range of environmental conditions. Nevertheless, research on Artemia in Great Salt Lake and other systems reveal abiotic conditions, such as salinity, that may have pronounced, direct or indirect, adverse impacts on the viability and health of the brine shrimp population. It is therefore essential to define critical salinity thresholds beyond which substantial and prolonged population crashes are likely to occur and that can have extensive impacts on the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. This presentation identifies a range of salinity conditions that are most conducive to support a healthy brine shrimp population in Gilbert Bay, GSL. The presentation further considers essential factors that need to be evaluated in order to optimize salinity management of Gilbert Bay using the adaptive management berm of the Great Salt Lake causeway breach which separates Gilbert and Gunnison bays.


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