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Funding for Two New Aquaculture Projects in BC

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
2 March 2009, at 12:00am

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Two innovation projects designed to boost the productivity and economic performance of the shellfish aquaculture industry in B.C. have received more than $163,000 in federal funding through the Government of Canadas Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).

Left to right: Brian Kingzett, Centre for Shellfish Research, Vancouver Island University, Dr. James Lunney, M.P. for Nanaimo-Alberni, David Nikleva, Below Sea Level Oyster Company

“Our Government’s goal with AIMAP is to encourage the aquaculture sector to develop and adopt innovative technologies and management techniques,” said Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, who made the announcement on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Minister Gail Shea. “When we invest in our aquaculture industry, we are investing in improved environmental performance and productivity, as well as sustainable jobs in British Columbia today and for years to come.”

Under AIMAP, the federal government is investing $23.5 million over the next five years to support the development of a vibrant and sustainable Canadian aquaculture industry that contributes to the economies of rural, coastal and First Nations communities.

These two recent AIMAP projects, being led by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Centre for Shellfish Research and Below Sea Level Oyster Co., include work to develop a prototype for a new shellfish raft design, test it, and introduce it to the industry at large; and to test a predatory Red Rock crab deterrent method that is non-lethal and cost-effective.

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