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Government Invests In BC Aquaculture

CANADA - John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, applauded a $1.08 million investment in aquaculture innovation in BC recently announced by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The funding was made available through the Government of Canada's Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme (AIMAP). In total $4.7 million will be available across Canada.

"The aquaculture industry in BC is vibrant and has been a reliable source of jobs and economic opportunity for coastal communities," said Mr Duncan. "This investment will help finfish and shellfish farmers to develop cleaner and more efficient processes and technologies, and help build a strong and sustainable industry."

This investment will be used to fund eight projects, which include efforts to improve the quality of wastewater, to develop, test and refine new technologies, and to improve the health outcomes of both finfish and shellfish.

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 the industry. AIMAP aims to enhance the global competitiveness and environmental performance of the Canadian aquaculture industry.

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