Nine en­ter­prises re­ceive funds by At­lantic Fish­eries Fund

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Nine en­ter­prises in the south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia fish and seafood sec­tor are re­ceiv­ing about $573,000 in fund­ing from the At­lantic Fish­eries Fund and the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram for a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive projects.

The fund­ing was an­nounced in Lunen­burg on Oct. 22 by fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter Jonathan Wilkin­son, pro­vin­cial Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ter Keith Col­well and South Shore-st. Mar­garet’s MP Ber­nadette Jor­dan.

“Our government is work­ing with our part­ners to make Canada’s fish and seafood sec­tor more in­no­va­tive, pro­duc­tive and sus­tain­able,” said Wilkin­son in a press re­lease. “We are boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in small coastal and Indigenous com­mu­ni­ties, while also en­sur­ing the health of our fish­eries for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The projects in­clude a pi­lot study be­ing con­ducted by the Cold­wa­ter Lob­ster As­so­ci­a­tion in part­ner­ship with an oceans tech­nol­ogy com­pany on the ef­fec­tive­ness and prac­ti­cal­ity of ro­pe­less fish­ing gear tech­nol­ogy for the com­mer­cial lob­ster in­dus­try within lob­ster Fish­ing Area 34 (LFA 34). The study will in­clude test­ing and eval­u­ate ro­pe­less fish­ing gear, acous­tic re­ceivers and re­lated tech­nol­ogy. This tech­nol­ogy could help re­duce some risks to the en­dan­gered north At­lantic right whale pop­u­la­tion, as well as for other marine mam­mals.

Yar­mouth-based IMO Foods Lim­ited will be up­grad­ing its seafood can­ning op­er­a­tions by in­stalling a new pro­cess­ing sys­tem to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity that will help re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion and lower emis­sions, with help from the At­lantic Fish­eries Fund and a re­payable ACOA con­tri­bu­tion. The new tech­nol­ogy will help meet evolv­ing food safety re­quire­ments and help the com­pany ex­pand to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Yar­mouth County Eel Lake Oys­ter Lim­ited is re­ceiv­ing fund­ing to adopt new oys­ter grad­ing tech­nol­ogy that can be used on a barge while still on the wa­ter, al­low­ing it to stream­line its aqua­cul­ture op­er­a­tions and im­prove the qual­ity of its prod­uct. Be­yond this, its op­er­a­tions will be­come more sus­tain­able through the use of so­lar en­ergy to power this new tech­nol­ogy.

Lastly, six tuna fish­ing en­ter­prises will pur­chase and in­stall new “green­stick” trolling equip­ment on their ves­sels, al­low­ing them to adopt more ef­fi­cient tuna fish­ing prac­tises. The green­stick tech­nol­ogy al­lows har­vesters to re­duce un­wanted by-catch, max- imize pro­duc­tiv­ity of fish­ing prac­tises and en­sure higher qual­ity of the prod­uct.

Along with a $195,000 re­pay- able con­tri­bu­tion (for IMO Foods Lim­ited, specif­i­cally) through the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, the $573,000 con­tri­bu­tion de­rives from more than $400 mil­lion in At­lantic Fish­eries Fund sup­port, jointly funded by the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial govern­ments.

“We know the im­por­tance of our fish­eries sec­tor and what it means to our econ­omy,” said Col­well. “To­gether with our part­ners, we’re con­tin­u­ing to grow our ex­ports, and sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion to en­sure our fish­eries re­mains strong, pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able for gen­er­a­tions. That’s why the province of Nova Sco­tia is proud to be a part of this im­por­tant pro­gram, com­mit­ting $38 mil­lion over the seven-year life­span of the project. ”

The At­lantic Fish­eries Fund was an­nounced in 2017 with a focus on in­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and mar­ket value for sus­tain­ably sourced, high-qual­ity fish and seafood prod­ucts from At­lantic Canada.

“We rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of Canada’s seafood in­dus­try, par­tic­u­larly in At­lantic Canada, that’s why we will pro­vide up to 70 per cent of fund­ing to busi­nesses in our seafood sec­tor to meet grow­ing de­mands,” said Jor­dan. “We know in Nova Sco­tia we have a high qual­ity, sus­tain­ably sourced and a high de­mand prod­uct and we will help en­sure busi­nesses are able to get their prod­ucts to mar­ket.”

The Cana­dian Press/file

Pro­vin­cial Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ter Keith Col­well, along with fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter Jonathan Wilkin­son and South Shore- St. Mar­garets MP Ber­nadette Jor­dan, re­cently an­nounced $573,000 from the At­lantic Fish­eries Fund and At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s to go to­ward in­no­va­tive fish­ing projects along south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia.

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