In British Columbia, the aquaculture industry is regulated and managed by the federal government. This responsibility includes monitoring farmed fish health, assessing potential impacts to the environment, and enforcing the Fisheries Act and Regulations. In this video, Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff further explain their role in managing and regulating this important industry in the province.
The Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP)
Ensuring the sustainability of Canada’s wild and farmed aquatic resources is the challenge that scientists at Fisheries and Oceans Canada take on every day. Through their laboratory and field work, researchers in the department’s Science Branch are contributing to a new level of sustainable aquaculture development, through collaborative research and development with the industry’s many stakeholders. This video showcases a cross section of their work from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia.
New life for rural communities in Prince Edward Island, aquaculture operations are centred around several small, rural villages for which aquaculture provides a significant sources of year-round employment and income. PEI aquaculture includes blue mussels, eastern oysters, rainbow trout and Arctic char.
The Coast of Bays Region is located on the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, and includes the Fortune Bay north shore, Bay d’Espoir and the Connaigre Peninsula. There are over a dozen communities in the region – Pool’s Cove, St. Alban’s, Milltown, Belleoram, Harbour Breton, Conne River, Hermitage and Rencontre East to name a few – that are positively influenced by the growth of the aquaculture industry.
Coles Mussel Farms in Kensington PEI received $38,265 in 2009/10 through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) to assemble technology that will increase the efficiency of tracking farmed mussels. This new tool makes use of smartphones and will inform farm managers of the activities and treatments applied to each mussel line in real time. Watch the video to hear Lea Murphy and Captain Trevor Carr of Coles Mussels Farms explain the AIMAP project, the challenges of mussel farming and the positive impacts of aquaculture on the local economy.
Halibut PEI received $160,000 in 2008/09 and $160,000 in 2009/10 through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) for a project that focuses on growing halibut by using water wells and lobster holding facilities. Halibut PEI also received $85,000 in 2010/11 for a project that develops innovations in farmed halibut handling for improved production efficiencies. Watch as Jim Dunphy speaks of their successes.
La Maison BeauSoleil Inc. received $310,231 in 2008/09 through DFO’s Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) for closed circuit certification of shellfish. Watch as Executive Director of Maison Beausoleil Amédée Savoie and President of Maison Beausoleil Maurice Daigle speak about La maison BeauSoleil and the history of oyster aquaculture on the Acadian Peninsula.
The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) received $17,950 in 2009/10 through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) to develop technology to prevent eider ducks from preying on mussel lines. The Association worked with the Innovation in Design Lab (iDLab) at Dalhousie University to develop the technology. Watch as AANS Research and Development Coordinator Fernando Salazar and iDLab Director Matt d’Entremont explain the eider duck project. The video also shows some field work that took place at Country Harbour Sea Farms Ltd., in Country Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Canaqua Seafoods Limited received $300,000 in 2009/10 through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) for the development and assessment of land-based tanks to grow Atlantic halibut. Watch as Krista Webster shows you around their facilities and explains some the equipment used in their AIMAP project.
Newfoundland Aqua Service Ltd. received $400,000 in 2010/2011 through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) for the development and evaluation of a land-based net washing technology. Watch as Jamie Kendell explains what the aquaculture industry means for the south coast of Newfoundland and the types of work done by Newfoundland Aqua Services Ltd.
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada thanks the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association for the permission to reproduce this video on our website.
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This video was produced in 2006 by AquaNet, a federal research network in aquaculture.
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This video was produced in 1996. It is a good depiction of the day-to-day management of finfish and shellfish farming across Canada. Please visit the Statisics and Key Figures page on this website for current production and value figures related to the Canadian aquaculture industry.
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