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Support Innovative for Aquaculture Projects in B.C.

CANADA - Entrepreneurs involved in British Columbia's aquaculture sector are receiving additional federal funding to help them innovate their operations, boost their productivity and improve their economicperformance.

Today Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announced that six B.C. businesses will receive more than $930,000 in federal funding to help them strengthen their businesses.

"When we invest in a stronger aquaculture sector, we are investing in more jobs and new business opportunities for communities throughout coastal B.C.," said Minister Shea. "Our goal is to make the Canadian aquaculture industry stronger, more innovative and more environmentally sustainable in this increasingly competitive sector."

The federal funding is being provided through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme (AIMAP). The Government of British Columbia, industry and universities are also contributing an additional $848,000 to these six projects.

Businesses receiving these investments include the B.C. Shellfish Growers Association, Odyssey Shellfish Ltd., Marine Harvest Canada, Walcan Seafoods Ltd., Deane V. Larson, and Agrimarine Industries Inc.

Specific projects being supported include testing net biofouling management technology, capturing and reusing fish effluent, introducing new mechanised clam harvest and automated oyster grading technology to B.C., testing ultraviolet light as a water discharge sterilizer; and adopting a parasite suppression technology for farmed salmon.

Under AIMAP, the Government of Canada is investing $23.5 million over 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. This is the second year of the five-year programme.

the Fish Site Editor

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