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$6 million windfall for Canada’s oyster growers

27 August 2019, at 10:52am

Funding of up to $6.1 million has been set aside to help promote oyster aquaculture in New Brunswick.

The funding, from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Atlantic Fisheries Fund has been allocated to 21 projects. The largest portion of the fund, amounting to $3 million, has been set aside for “the delivery of the Oyster Farm Development Program for eligible New Brunswick commercial oyster producers including First Nations”.

The funding aims to improve New Brunswick's eastern oyster growing sector
The funding aims to improve New Brunswick's eastern oyster growing sector

© Sandbar Oyster Co

$750,000 has been allocated to Acadian Hatchery Ltd to establish an oyster hatchery in New Brunswick in order to predictably provide spats for the sector. A similar amount has been earmarked to support an innovation project using genomic tools to develop and produce the first Canadian strain of selectively bred eastern oyster.

Finally, 18 of the region’s oyster producers have been offered amounts varying from $62,000 to $99,900 towards the purchase of automatic vision-based oyster grading systems.