New funding for Atlantic Canada's fish farming group

Hatchery International staff
August 22, 2018
By Hatchery International staff
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. – The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick have announced $460,000 funding to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The contribution is part of the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, focused on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.

This project will assist Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Inc. with the purchase, installation and collection of data from two real-time monitoring buoys equipped with a suite of sensors. The data will be collected from the Passamaquoddy Bay and will provide real-time information that will be used to support decision making for both the aquaculture industry as well as other marine users such as fishers and tourism operators, according to a statement from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Maritimes Region.

"Investing in technology like real-time monitoring buoys in the Bay of Fundy is an important part of our commitment to the long-term sustainability of our seafood and aquaculture industries," said Rick Doucet, minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries in New Brunswick. "The success of this sector is a direct result of the hard work, innovative people and companies behind it. Demand for New Brunswick's seafood is at an all-time high and we will continue to work with our aquaculture and fisheries sectors to find new ways to thrive, generate jobs and contribute to our economy."

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund will continue to invest in projects over the next seven years, the DFO said. Commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply for funding.

Eligible projects must focus on the following:

Innovation – to support research and development of new innovations that contribute to sustainability of the fish and seafood sector, and to create partnerships and networks that aim to promote and encourage innovations in the sector;

Infrastructure – to adopt or adapt new technologies, processes, or equipment to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector;

Science partnerships – fisheries and aquaculture industry based partnerships with academia and institutions to enhance knowledge and understanding of the impacts of changing oceanographic conditions and sustainable harvesting technology.

"Innovation in this sector, which is integral to the Canadian economy, means more job opportunities for hundreds of small coastal and Indigenous communities across not only Atlantic Canada, but the country," said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. "I am so proud that we are delivering on our mandate to protect our fisheries and ensure that they remain healthy for future generations."

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