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Passing of Walt Canzonier, TSFHRG

Walter Canzonier, TSFHRGWalter Canzonier passed away on Monday June 21, 2021 after a long battle working to recover from a debilitating stroke he suffered in December 2011. His life was dedicated to shellfish and the evolution of the Rutgers Oyster Research Lab into the Shellfish Research Lab where he began by helping Doc Haskin identify MSX and initiate the Rutgers Oyster Breeding Program then continued with boundless energy assisting local oystermen to learn aquaculture techniques, helping to develop safety protocols and guidance for the ISSC that supported the industry while protecting consumers and much more. He was known throughout the state, across the country and internationally for his work. He always had time to help educate, assist and advise as he entertained us with his pleasantly quirky personality. Walt was truly one of a kind, as described in a resolution in his honor and the David H. Wallace Award bestowed upon him, which recognized his accomplishments and contributions. The Haskin lab was fortunate to have him around for so many years.
Rest in Peace, Walt.



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