Quinlan Brothers receives funding to help with research
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.