Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is investing more than $287,000 in infrastructure and innovative technologies to meet the current and anticipated demands of the aquaculture industry.
The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association is receiving $55,000 to help introduce new software developed at the Atlantic Veterinary College for use in fish health management. This project will help operators monitor and control health issues such as sea lice in farmed salmon.
The Provincial Government is also contributing $7,500 to help companies better manage industry waste through ensiling (making fish silage from waste.) Traditionally, the salmon industry has relied on composting services to manage waste. As the industry grows, ensiling is being examined as a more sustainable option.
The Miawpukek First Nation is receiving $125,000 towards expanding the community’s wharf facility to meet the current and anticipated demand for work and storage areas. The facility is strategically located in Bay d’Espoir and accommodates a number of aquaculture operators.
The Provincial Government is also investing $100,000 in an innovative project by Newfoundland Aqua Service Ltd, a company which supplies services and products to aquaculture operators, including net cleaning. The company is pursuing new custom-designed technology which will improve operations.