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August 23, 2010
On August 23, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced $637, 678 in funding for aquaculture activities in British Columbia through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).
AIMAP helps Canada’s aquaculture industry enhance its sustainable performance by refining management techniques and technologies. The program’s overall goal is to support Canadian aquaculture and encourage innovation investments in this industry. AIMAP aims to enhance the global competitiveness and environmental performance of the Canadian aquaculture industry.
The following projects were awarded funding:
Sablefish Farming and Hatchery Improvements
Sablefish Canada Inc., operating on Salt Spring Island, has received $200,000 AIMAP funding to increase environmental performance and energy efficiency in sablefish aquaculture. The company is developing automated subsurface feeding technology to increase the operational efficiency of subsurface feeding equipment for farmed sablefish. The project will develop, install and test the new technology. This project has leveraged nearly $1.75 million in additional funds.
White Sturgeon Farming Diversification
Target Marine Hatcheries Ltd. in Sechelt, B.C., has received $162,000 in AIMAP funding to advance Canada’s sturgeon freshwater aquaculture industry. The project includes work to improve maturation techniques, transfer and/or develop technology for non-invasive sexing and staging, develop finishing diets and environments to optimize flesh and caviar quality, and develop cultivating techniques to minimize viral disease impacts. This project has leveraged $426,500 in additional funds.
Closed Containment Salmon Aquaculture Demonstration Project
Mama'omas Enterprises Inc., a privately held company of the 'Namgis First Nation, has received nearly $49,800 in AIMAP funding to pilot an aquaculture facility designed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of producing full-sized salmon in a closed containment, land-based, water re-circulating aquaculture facility. The project, which will be carried out near the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, will also try to define the necessary operating parameters for a much larger, commercial-scale facility. It has leveraged $230,200 in additional funds.
Sea Lice Vaccines for Salmonid Aquaculture
Operating out of Saanichton, B.C., Microtek International Inc. has received more than $36,438 in AIMAP funding to validate and test an injectible sea lice vaccine for the prevention of the parasites in salmonid aquaculture. Microtek leveraged about $42,500 in additional funding for this project.
Increasing Confidence of Food Safety in Cultured Shellfish
Odyssey Shellfish Ltd., in Bowser, BC, has received $100,000 in AIMAP funding for a commercial-scale deepwater holding and pre-harvest finishing system for oysters. The goal of this project is to create a new health management tool to ensure quality and food safety aspects of cultured shellfish. More than $313,000 has been leveraged for this project.
Renewable Energy at Shellfish Nurseries
Evening Cove Oysters, from Fanny Bay, B.C., has received more than $89,440 in AIMAP funding to improve the efficiency and sustainability of shellfish aquaculture nurseries. This project will involve partnering with the Centre for Shellfish Research at Vancouver Island University to acquire and test solar power as a low cost technology solution to seed production. In addition to the AIMAP funds, this project has leveraged close to $72,000 in additional funding.
For more information about AIMAP, visit: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sustainable-durable/index-eng.htm.