New­found­land cel­e­brates Aqua­cul­ture Week

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THE Cana­dian prov­ince of New­found­land and Labrador cel­e­brated Aqua­cul­ture Week in Septem­ber, with a ring­ing en­dorse­ment of the sec­tor from the prov­ince’s fish­eries min­is­ter, Gerry Bryne.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has backed the in­dus­try in a ‘Way For­ward’ plan that aims to re­move bar­ri­ers to growth in the in­dus­try, which is now worth more than CAD $200 mil­lion (about £118 mil­lion) an­nu­ally to the lo­cal econ­omy.

As part of the scheme, the prov­ince has a tar­get of in­creas­ing salmon pro­duc­tion to 50,000 tonnes (up from around 25,000 tonnes in 2016) and mus­sels to 10,750 tonnes (3,211 tonnes in 2016).

Byrne said: ‘In part­ner­ship with the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, we are pur­su­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to sup­port sec­tor growth and cultivate con­di­tions that will fos­ter new and ex­pand­ing busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and stim­u­late pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ment.

‘The growth of this in­dus­try trans­lates into real so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits for our ru­ral, coastal and in­land com­mu­ni­ties. This is in­deed a year to cel­e­brate.’

The gov­ern­ment re­cently gave Grieg NL the go ahead to ex­pand its farm­ing op­er­a­tions in Pla­cen­tia Bay as part of its com­mit­ment to growth (see op­po­site).

Aqua­cul­ture Week was held in con­junc­tion with the 25th an­niver­sary of the New­found­land Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (NAIA) Cold Har­vest con­fer­ence and trade show.

Along­side speak­ers from academia and in­dus- try in Canada, Scot­land’s Ste­wart Gra­ham, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Gael Force Group, ad­dressed del­e­gates, in a ses­sion ti­tled Aqua­cul­ture So­cial Li­cence and Pub­lic Trust.

The con­fer­ence brought re­search up­dates on lump­fish vac­ci­na­tion, ge­nomics, and novel feed in­gre­di­ents, plus talks on tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, ex­posed aqua­cul­ture, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and in­ter­ac­tions with wild salmon.

There was also a ses­sion with com­mu­nity lead­ers, in­clud­ing lo­cal may­ors and a First Na­tion chief, who have each been given 20-minute slots to talk about aqua­cul­ture in their ar­eas.

Mark Lane, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the NAIA, said Aqua­cul­ture Week was ‘sym­bolic of the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween in­dus­try and the gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador to grow the farm­ing of our oceans in a sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­ble man­ner’.

As part of the Way For­ward plan, the in­dus­try and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment are work­ing to sup­port eco­nomic growth and fos­ter pri­vate sec­tor job cre­ation.

The gov­ern­ment and NAIA have also jointly de­vel­oped the Aqua­cul­ture Sec­tor Work Plan, which in­cludes ac­tions that each of the part­ners will take to achieve the col­lec­tive goal of grow­ing the in­dus­try.

Above: New­found­land fish­eries min­is­ter Gerry Byrne (right)

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