Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 08, 2009 12:33 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science-Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - The Honourable Fabian Manning, Senator, today announced close to $7 million in funding over the next two years to modernize 19 federal science facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to this region," said Senator Manning. "This funding will provide jobs for workers ranging from upgrading a saltwater pumping system, to roadwork and building system repairs at field camps across the province. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments that will enhance research and development, resulting in even better health and safety outcomes for Canadians."

The facilities being upgraded in the region are:

- Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) - $5,573,800

- 18 Scientific Field Camps and Fishway Facilities (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) - $1,120,000

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador

Project

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre - Salt Water Supply System Upgrade http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/Human/Research/Webresearchinst/East/NorthwestAFC/nafc.htm

Department

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Location

St-John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Name and Function of Laboratory/Facility

Overlooking St. John's, Newfoundland, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Center (NAFC) is a major research laboratory facility for the Newfoundland Region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. It consists of marine and freshwater aquaria, a stream tank, toxicity laboratories, wet labs, an open seawater system, as well as electronic, vessel, computer, oceanographic, diving and library support. Its mission is to provide information and advice to support conservation, protection, and sustainable utilization of marine and aquatic resources. Research focuses on biology, life history, and resource evaluations of commercially important fishes and marine mammals, oceanography, ecosystem studies, aquaculture, environmental sciences, and habitat protection.

Funding Amount

$ 1,180,000 in 2009-2010 and $4,393,800 in 2010-2011.

Project description

The saltwater pump house and rock shaft was constructed in 1980 to supply salt water to the NAFC laboratories. The Saltwater Pumping System and rock shaft must be operational, efficient and provide the proper level of seawater in order to conduct various science experiments. The System has surpassed its useful life and requires upgrading or repairs to maintain operation of scientific experiments. Degassing of the System is currently provided by 52 individual units that will be replaced by a new centralized system to reduce the maintenance costs and increase the quality of water for the researchers.


BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador

Project

Newfoundland and Labrador Scientific Field Camps and Facilities Refurbishments

Department

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Location

18 scientific field camp locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador

Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility

The names of the facilities are Nain, Middle Brook, Conne River, North East Trepassy Brook Fishway, Lower Terra Nova River Fishway, Rocky River Fishway, Grand Bank Fishway, Lower Terra Nova River Warehouse, Cartwright, Sand Hill River, Western Arm Brook, Torrent River, Harry's River, Salmon Brook, Red Indian Lake Fishway, Grand Falls Fishway, Bishop's Falls Fishway & Warehouse, and Springdale Fishway. The field camps and facilities are used by DFO Science to conduct fish counting, and measuring activities in support of stock assessments. These DFO activities support the management, conservation and protection of marine species in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funding amount

$710,000 in 2009-2010 and $410,000 in 2010-2011

Project description

This project consists of repairs, upgrades or other maintenance work of base building components to help ensure their continued operation. It will address operational requirements such as exterior building envelope, plumbing and electrical systems, septic system, and fishway repairs.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary
    613-947-3474
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Bob Fagan
    A/Regional Director of Communications
    709-772-7622
    www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    or
    TTY
    (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired)
    613-957-9090