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New Funding to Boost Shellfish Farming Research

14 April 2015, at 1:00am

CANADA - Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, has announced support of C$667,000 to Vancouver Island University (VIU) towards a project to undertake a comparative analysis of new technologies in shellfish farming.

With this funding, VIU is proposing to advance shellfish hatchery design by integrating the latest technological developments into an operating hatchery at its Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

The evaluation of these technologies will include research into techniques to better monitor and mitigate factors that are impeding shellfish seed production, including ocean acidification.

VIU will share lessons learned through a series of targeted workshops to various stakeholders, including representatives of the shellfish industry and First Nations to help transfer the skills and knowledge required to operate a modern hatchery with successful outcomes.

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