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« เมื่อ: กันยายน 17, 2010, 08:40:37 AM »

DFO invests USD 1.2 mln in halibut farming

CANADA
Friday, September 17, 2010, 02:20 (GMT + 9)

The Member of Parliament for Cumberland Colchester, Scott Armstrong, has announced funding of CAD 1.2 million (USD 1.17 million) for Canaqua Seafoods Ltd through the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans’s (DFO) Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme (AIMAP). The capital will back a project designed to optimise land-based tank farming of Atlantic halibut.
 
“Our government is committed to enhancing the global competitiveness, productivity and environmental performance of Canada’s aquaculture industry,” said DFO Minister Gail Shea. “The CAD 1.2 million (USD 1.17 million) we are investing today will go towards a project with commercial applications that will continue to make the Canadian Aquaculture industry the thriving industry Canadians can be proud of.”

AIMAP funding is meant to help recipients plan, manage and finish aquaculture projects to improve the productivity, economic viability, environmental performance and potential of the country’s aquaculture sector.

“Our government supports the development of a vibrant and sustainable Canadian aquaculture industry that contributes to the economies of rural and coastal communities,” said Armstrong. “Canaqua Seafoods Ltd’s Atlantic halibut operation demonstrates how the aquaculture industry is diversifying and heading in exciting new directions.”

Canaqua intends to raise full-sized market halibut in just under four years. It also rears Arctic char and Atlantic salmon smolts.

Company Spokesman Paul Merlin said the construction of eight new 15-m tanks in a solid steel building will grow the operation’s capacity and enhance its environmental sustainability, as well as allow the firm to raise halibut even faster, eventually hitting the 5-kg mark in under three years. The plant now produces 100 tonnes of halibut yearly, but this should double once upgrades are complete in three years.

Halibut can sell for as much as CAD 24 (USD 23.33) per kg, a product that continually thrives even when others struggle, said Merlin.

AIMAP has made CAD 14.7 million (USD 14.3 million) worth of funding available throughout Canada since 2007 to fund innovative aquaculture projects that add to the industry’s advancement through sustainable production, greater diversification and/or green technology.

Related article:

- Funds bring aquaculture jobs

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

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