Aquaculture funding creates jobs in Atlantic Canada

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), has marked the success of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).

The goal of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) is to improve the competitiveness and market value of the Canadian aquaculture industry by encouraging an aquaculture sector that continuously develops and adopts innovative technologies and management techniques to enhance its global competitiveness and environmental performance.

This year, DFO funded 19 projects to a total of $2.3 million in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces through AIMAP, part of the $9 million AIMAP has committed to the Canadian aquaculture industry over the last two years. For the next three years, AIMAP will be committing an additional $14.1 million in funding.

The Prince Edward Island aquaculture industry received support in the amount of $614,231. These projects focused on improving PEI’s already renowned mussel farming industry as well as innovations in growing halibut. Some of the four PEI projects funded also received contributions from the province of Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

AIMAP projects have proven successful at developing new tools and techniques for the industry. Brantville Aquaculture in Brantville, New Brunswick developed a unique gluing technique for oysters. King Aquaculture developed automated technology for treating oysters and oyster gear. These two projects in Eastern New Brunswick received a total of $113,000 in AIMAP funding this year.

A variety of other projects throughout Atlantic Canada also received AIMAP funding. In southwest New Brunswick, six projects received a total of $615,068 this year. Three projects in Nova Scotia received a total of $332,950. In Newfoundland and Labrador, four projects received a total of $663,950. ACOA is also contributing $82,000 to one project in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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