Over $600K from At­lantic Fish­eries Fund an­nounced for N.L. fish­ing en­ter­prises

Har­vesters in Dur­rell, St. An­thony, Port au Choix and Mary’s Har­bour amongst those re­ceiv­ing money

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - COR­NER BROOK, NL

The fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments an­nounced $641,518 for eight fish­ing en­ter­prises in New­found­land and Labrador through the At­lantic Fish­eries Fund (AFF).

The an­nounce­ment was made in Cor­ner Brook Jan. 18.

The fund­ing falls un­der the in­fra­struc­ture pil­lar of the AFF and will sup­ply the en­ter­prises with new au­to­mated long­line hauler sys­tems and in­su­lated tubs.

Au­to­mated long­line sys­tems will al­low the har­vesters to move from a labour-in­ten­sive fish­ing op­er­a­tion to one that uses the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

The equip­ment will thereby im­prove the qual­ity of fish landed and max­i­mize the landed value.

“In­no­va­tion in this sec­tor, which is in­te­gral to the Cana­dian econ­omy, means more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for hun­dreds of small coastal and Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties across not only At­lantic Canada, but the coun­try,” fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter Do­minic LeBlanc said in a news re­lease.

The fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments will make com­bined con­tri­bu­tions of over $400 mil­lion to the AFF over the next seven years.

The com­mer­cial fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try,

Indige­nous groups, uni­ver­si­ties and academia and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing re­search in­sti­tu­tions, may ap­ply for fund­ing.

El­i­gi­ble projects must fo­cus on ei­ther in­no­va­tion, in­fra­struc­ture or sci­ence part­ner­ships. $99,000

Petty Har­bour, Avalon Penin­sula In­stall au­to­mated long­line hauler on ex­ist­ing ves­sel

$99,977

St. John’s, Avalon Penin­sula In­stall slurry ice sys­tem on new ves­sel

$24,104

Port aux Choix, North­ern Penin­sula

In­stall au­to­mated long­line hauler on ex­ist­ing ves­sel

$81,680

Mary’s Har­bour, Labrador In­stall au­to­mated long­line hauler on ex­ist­ing ves­sel

GARY KEAN/THE WESTERN STAR

Fed­eral Veter­ans Af­fair Min­is­ter Sea­mus O’Rea­gan, who is also as­so­ci­ated min­is­ter of na­tional de­fence, was in Cor­ner Brook to an­nounce $641,518 in govern­ment fund­ing for eight New­found­land and Labrador fish­ing en­ter­prises Thursday, Jan. 18.

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