Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

April 08, 2015 13:30 ET

Harper Government Supports Innovation in British Columbia's Aquaculture Industry

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 8, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $667,000 to Vancouver Island University (VIU) towards a project to undertake a comparative analysis of new technologies in shellfish farming.

With this funding, VIU is proposing to advance shellfish hatchery design by integrating the latest technological developments into an operating hatchery at its Deep Bay Marine Field Station. The evaluation of these technologies will include research into techniques to better monitor and mitigate factors that are impeding shellfish seed production, including ocean acidification.

VIU will share lessons learned through a series of targeted workshops to various stakeholders, including representatives of the shellfish industry and First Nations to help transfer the skills and knowledge required to operate a modern hatchery with successful outcomes.

Quick Facts

  • British Columbia's aquaculture industry is an important contributor to the economy of resource-based coastal communities. It creates close to 6,000 jobs, which results in $224 million in wages for British Columbians.
  • The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is located in the historic fishing community of Deep Bay, at the South end of Baynes Sound. The multi-use facility includes classrooms, laboratories and a working shellfish farm in the nearby water. The facility received platinum LEED certification in 2013.

Quotes

"Our Government recognizes that British Columbia's aquaculture industry is a significant component of the province's economy. This project will help address the challenges faced by B.C.'s shellfish producers with the additional benefits of strengthening the sector, creating jobs and supporting Western Canada's economy."

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"VIU appreciates the support provided by the Government of Canada for the Deep Bay Marine Field Station facility and its research activities - first through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and today with this announcement. This funding will allow VIU to provide high quality facilities to conduct relevant community-based research with outcomes that support the University's commitment to our industry and First Nations partners to help develop a thriving economy in our coastal communities."

- Dr. Ralph Nilson, VIU's President & Vice-Chancellor

Additional Links:

- Vancouver Island University: www.viu.ca

- VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station: https://www2.viu.ca/deepbay/

- Harper Government Announces Investment to Promote and Strengthen British Columbia Shellfish Sector: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_11545.asp

- Federal Government Supports Shellfish Industry in Fanny Bay: http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/77_12600.asp

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Marilyn Assaf
    Communications Officer
    Vancouver Island University
    Nanaimo, BC
    250-740-6559 or Cell: 250-618-4596
    marilyn.assaf@viu.ca

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