Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 17, 2009 13:45 ET

Minister Shea Announces New Investments to Support Innovative Aquaculture Projects in Quebec

ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - Entrepreneurs involved in Quebec's aquaculture sector are receiving additional federal funding to help them innovate their operations, boost their productivity and improve their economic performance. Today Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announced that three Quebec businesses will receive a total of $66,000 in federal funding to help them strengthen their businesses. This investment is in addition to the $141,000 announced last year for two other Quebec aquaculture projects.

"When we invest in a stronger aquaculture sector, we are investing in more jobs and new business opportunities for communities throughout coastal Quebec," said Minister Shea. "Our goal is to make the Canadian aquaculture industry stronger, more innovative and more environmentally sustainable in this increasingly competitive sector."

The federal funding is being provided through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP), which is investing $23.5 million over five years for the funding of innovative aquaculture projects that will contribute to the economic development of rural, coastal and First Nations communities.

The three projects selected have been submitted by the Societe de developpement de l'industrie maricole (SODIM):

- Iles-de-la-Madeleine: $22,000 for management of commercial-scale softshell clam grow-out operations.

- Iles-de-la-Madeleine: $8,000 for improving clam productivity through mechanization and automation of spat-sorting operations.

- Gaspe: $36,000 for technical-economic optimization of cooked mussel meat production processes.

The SODIM is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to creating and developing profitable, competitive sea farming businesses in Quebec. SODIM and its regional partners will invest nearly $70,000 in these three projects.

Additional information on DFO's aquaculture program and on procedures for submitting applications to the AIMAP, a summary of funded projects and a list of resource persons are posted on the following Web site: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sustainable-durable/innovation-eng.htm.


BACKGROUNDER

PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER THE AQUACULTURE INNOVATION AND MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM (AIMAP) IN QUEBEC

Entrepreneurs involved in Quebec's aquaculture sector are receiving additional federal funding to help them innovate their operations, boost their productivity and improve their economic performance. Three Quebec businesses will receive a total of $66,000 in federal funding to help them strengthen their businesses. This investment, through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP), is in addition to the $141,000 announced last year for two other Quebec aquaculture projects.

Management of Commercial-Scale Softshell Clam Grow-Out Operations

Project in Iles-de-la-Madeleine proposed by the Societe de developpement de l'industrie maricole (SODIM).

AIMAP contribution: $22,000

Softshell clam is a candidate species for aquaculture diversification in Quebec and on Canada's East Coast. Softshell clam farming is in development and has been the subject of experimental research, especially in Iles-de-la-Madeleine. This project is aimed at transposing the knowledge for commercial production, especially with regard to juvenile grow-out, through the development and testing of a system for pre-breeding small softshell clams and through the development and testing of a system for protecting commercial-scale seeded plots against predators. This project, the total value of which is $50,980, should last three years.

Improving Productivity Through Mechanization and Automation of
Softshell Clam Spat-Sorting Operations

Project in Iles-de-la-Madeleine proposed by the Societe de developpement de l'industrie maricole (SODIM).
AIMAP contribution: $8,000

Softshell spat sorting remains one of the technological obstacles in the way of the profitability of the emerging softshell clam industry in Quebec. This project is aimed at equipping the industry with an effective and affordable sorting concept that will significantly lower operating costs. After doing a critical analysis of the current manual sorting procedure and the previous sorter design trials, the work team will proceed with the designing and manufacturing of a prototype. The prototype will be tested in Iles-de-la-Madeleine during the 2009 season. A cost-benefit analysis of the use of the prototype will complete the project. The total value of this one-year project is $12,203.

Technical-Economic Optimization of Cooked Mussel Meat Production Procedures

Project in Gaspe proposed by the Societe de developpement de l'industrie maricole (SODIM).

AIMAP contribution: $36,000

The project is aimed at optimizing the effectiveness of an automated pressure-cooking system for farmed mussels, taking into account the quality of the product and production costs. The ability to produce cooked mussel meat in Canada at a competitive price will open the door to development of high-quality further-processed products. These products will make it possible to expand markets, while increasing the extent to which this species is developed. This will help reduce the competitive pressure on our businesses; it will also help consolidate our softshell clam farming industry. The total value of this one-year project is $68,212.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Mont-Joli, Quebec
    Karina Laberge
    Communications Advisor
    418-775-0769