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Atlantic Innovation Fund Gets Started

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
3 February 2009, at 12:00am

CANADA - Several major research projects involving the fishing and aquaculture industry were included in the latest projects funded in P.E.I. under the Atlantic Innovation Fund.

A project entitled ‘Healthy Fish, Healthy Environment, Healthy Food’ will research and develop ways to reduce infection and disease in salmon aquaculture in the Atlantic Region, thereby improving fish health management practices and reducing fish losses across the industry, reports Nova News.

According to the news organisation, with the development of the project, the Atlantic Veterinary College Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences will advance health management research within Canadian aquaculture and aquatic epidemiology globally to an unprecedented level. The project, with estimated costs of $5 million, will receive $2.5 million in AIF funding and matching funds from the Atlantic provinces over a five-year period.

Other project funders include Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Admiral Fish Farms, and Northern Harvest Sea Farms.

Aqua Bounty Canada Inc. in the eastern P.E.I. community of Souris is developing technology to produce reproductively sterile Atlantic salmon. It will work to improve the culture of reproductively sterile Atlantic salmon. The future objective is the safe commercial launch of triploid salmon with Atlantic Canada identified as the source for associated commercial benefits, and worldwide distribution of the product.

This project, with total estimated costs of $5.9 million, will receive approximately $2.9 million from the Atlantic Innovation Fund over a five-year period.

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