Results of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program
The goal of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (2008 to 2013) was to drive aquaculture industry investment from the private sector alongside other sectors.
We sought to:
- enhance the global competitiveness and environmental performance of the Canadian aquaculture industry
- funding encouraged the aquaculture sector to continuously develop by adopting innovative technologies and management techniques
- position Canadian aquaculture products as having high value in the marketplace based on their environmental performance, traceability and other considerations
These goals contributed to our strategic outcomes for:
- sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
- healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems
Contribution funding under the program was intended to help plan, manage and complete projects that achieve our strategic outcomes.
The program included a nationally competitive process that called for proposals on an annual basis based on priorities established in consultation with:
- sector stakeholders
The program focused on 1-year projects with demonstrable industry-wide benefits implemented by the end of the project.
Under this program, a maximum of $4.5 million in departmental contribution funds was available each year to support innovation initiatives. A maximum of $200,000 in departmental contribution funds was available each year to support market access initiatives.
Over the 5 years of the program, we contributed $23.2 million to 163 projects with a total project value of $ 113.1 million. For more information, consult the following project overviews, listed by year.
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