Quin­lan Brothers re­ceives fund­ing to help with re­search

The Compass - - THE COMPASS -

A com­pany with strong ties to the Bay de Verde Penin­sula is re­ceiv­ing $100,000 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s Fish­eries Tech­nol­ogy and New Op­por­tu­ni­ties Pro­gram to help it ex­plore the vi­a­bil­ity of ex­tract­ing Omega 3en­riched oil from shrimp waste.

Pre­lim­i­nary re­search by Quin­lan Brothers Lim­ited has shown that oil can be de­rived from shell waste that is highly val­ued as a pre­mium nutritional sup­ple­ment. Quin­lan Brothers Lim­ited is avail­ing of ex­ter­nal ex­per­tise to ex­tract the oil and bring sam­ples to mar­ket, and will ex­pand on its cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties by im­prov­ing the way it col­lects and pre-treats its shell dis­cards.

The com­pany is a multi-species seafood com­pany based in Bay de Verde, is pri­mar­ily fo­cused on pro­cess­ing shrimp and crab.

“The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is driv­ing the eco­nomic suc­cess of the fish­ery by sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives that im­prove prof­itabil­ity and global com­pet­i­tive­ness, which in this case in­volves sup­port­ing re­search to de­ter­mine if mean­ing­ful rev­enue can be de­rived from shrimp shells,” said Keith Hutch­ings, Min­is­ter of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture.

“I com­mend Quin­lan Brothers Lim­ited for its com­mit­ment to pur­su­ing in­no­va­tion in its busi­ness prac­tices, and wish the com­pany all the best with a project that may iden­tify a new eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity for processors that had not been seen pre­vi­ously,” added Char­lene John­son, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and MHA for Trin­ity-Bay de Verde

The fund­ing pro­vided by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will sup­port a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional mar­ket re­search, plant mod­i­fi­ca­tions, sam­ple pro­duc­tion, and an as­sess­ment of what is re­quired to meet the food and drug reg­u­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port as we con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate ways to

A view of the pro­cess­ing plant in Bay de Verde.

achieve greater uti­liza­tion of our shrimp re­source, min­i­mize waste, and cre­ate greater value for the com­pany and its em­ploy­ees,” said Robin Quin­lan, vice-pres­i­dent of Quin­lan Brothers Lim­ited.

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