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In Canada, the processing of Manila clams is time-consuming, and processing machines currently in use are very costly in terms of labour and loss of product due to clam breakage. To address these challenges, Limberis Seafood Processing Limited identified Italian technology not in use in Canada, and imported and installed the new equipment for use in their processing plant. The new processing equipment has provided several benefits. The equipment has more than quadrupled processing capacity, while significantly reducing clam breakage. In contrast to previous technology that did not grade the product, the new equipment provides efficient and consistent clam grading. Additionally, a modular design allows components of the equipment to be moved as required and permits more efficient cleaning of the equipment. As a result of these advantages, Limberis achieved savings of $20,000 from reduced labor costs, a 50 percent reduction in per-unit production costs and $17,160 from reduced clam breakage for this year alone. In addition, new capacity has increased employment at the plant. The project has positioned Limberis to pursue larger markets and buyers throughout the world, and has successfully demonstrated the potential for sustainable production increases using advanced technologies within the B.C shellfish farming industry.

Project Lead: Limberis Seafood Processing Ltd.

Total Project Cost: $80,125
DFO-AIMAP Contribution: $55,125

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