Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 02, 2012 15:19 ET

Harper Government Invests in Sustainable and Innovative Aquaculture in British Columbia

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2012) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the Harper Government will invest in 11 British Columbia companies to encourage sustainable and innovative aquaculture projects in that province.

"The aquaculture industry is evolving world-wide," said Minister Ashfield. "The funding announced today will ensure that Canada's aquaculture industry continues to remain globally competitive, while enhancing economic prospects for Canadians."

This investment of $1.25 million will support three finfish and eight shellfish aquaculture projects in B.C. The projects will improve the competitiveness of the Canadian aquaculture industry and encourage the development of innovative technologies and management techniques.

Recipents of the funding include: Bees Islets Growers, Island Scallops Limited, Island Sea Farms, Nova Harvest Limited, Nootka Sound Shellfish, Aphrodite's Garden, Mac's Oysters, B.C. Shellfish Growers Association, Sable Fish Canada, B.C. Salmon Farmers Association and Taste of B.C.

"The Harper Government is committed to supporting the sustainable development of Canada's aquaculture industry, based on the best science available and within one of the most rigorous regulatory systems in the world," said Minister Ashfield.

British Columbia's aquaculture industry creates close to 6,000 jobs, resulting in $224 million in annual wages. About 740 aquaculture operations in B.C. produce salmon, other finfish and shellfish year-round, with a total harvested value of nearly $534 million.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada recently released Aquaculture in Canada 2012: A Report on Aquaculture Sustainability. This report documents current information related to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of aquaculture.

For more information on the Department's aquaculture program, including the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada's website: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

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Government of Canada Invests in a Sustainable and Innovative Aquaculture Industry in British Columbia

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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, announced the Harper Government is investing more than $1.25 million to support 11 innovative aquaculture projects in British Columbia. The projects are being funded through Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).

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Government of Canada Invests in a Sustainable and Innovative Aquaculture Industry in British Columbia

Eleven projects in British Columbia have received over $1.25 million in funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).

FINFISH

Sable Fish Canada (Salt Spring Island) has received $213,188. This project will design, construct, and test an innovative, modular, environmentally-controlled transportation system specifically designed for sablefish and suitable for other aquaculture species with minor modifications.

BC Salmon Farmers Association (Campbell River) has received $49,995. This project will deliver information technology that will be relevant to Fisheries and Oceans Canada's industry reporting requirements. Canadian salmon farmers are collaborating to improve environmental data management and information sharing to increase accuracy and reduce costs.

Taste of B.C. (Nanaimo) has received $450,000. This project will establish a land-based model aquaculture farm for steelhead as a pilot project. It will demonstrate a novel, dual drain, round tank recirculating aquaculture system. In addition, it will pilot the application of recirculating aquaculture systems for the production of steelhead in the Pacific Region.

SHELLFISH

Bees Islets Growers (Cortes Island) has received $49,865. This demonstration project will encapsulate existing spray foam floats in affordable sea-worthy plastic, extending the equipment lifespan and addressing aquaculture-related pollution in marine environments that can result from the breakdown of Styrofoam.

Island Scallops Limited (Qualicum Beach) has received $70,000. This project will develop and demonstrate a new type of nursery heating system, specifically suited for colder climates, to increase production and availability of domestic shellfish seed supplies.

Island Sea Farms (Salt Spring Island) has received $175,000. This project will design, install and assess an innovative duck predator deterrent system to reduce predation of farm-raised mussels and to minimize harm to ducks.

Nova Harvest Limited (Bamfield) has received $69,800. This project will benchmark and demonstrate innovative land and ocean-based nursery technologies for high efficiency geoduck seed production using local algae for feed.

Nootka Sound Shellfish (West Coast of Vancouver Island) has received $32,842. This project will develop, test and evaluate protective barriers to counter sea otter predation of Manila clams, which is a serious threat on the North Coast and North Vancouver Island of British Columbia.

Aphrodite's Garden (Pendrell Sound) has received $55,000. This project will develop and test handling equipment to produce single oyster seed in commercial quantities using recycled plastic pails and local wild spat (oyster larvae) fall from Pendrell Sound.

Mac's Oysters (Fanny Bay) has received $37,000. This project will develop, demonstrate and test an innovative rack and tray insert to improve performance of a "floating upweller system" for bivalve production (oysters). This novel floating nursery will enable users to increase production on existing aquaculture sites without increasing the site's size.

B.C. Shellfish Growers Association (Comox) has received $55,125. This market access project will enable the Pacific shellfish industry to revise and improve their environmental code of practice. It will specifically review best practices from other jurisdictions and address related requirements from the new Pacific Aquaculture Regulations managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Harper Government Invests In Sustainable and Innovative Aquaculture in British Columbia

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
    Hannah Mahoney
    Communications Advisor
    604-666-0903

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary, Office of the Minister
    613-992-3474

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
    Sean Irvine
    Program Contact
    604-666-3340

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
    Hannah Mahoney, Communications Advisor
    Communications Contact
    604-666-0903
    http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca