$44M announced for Nova Scotia seafood business upgrades

Some of the money announced Thursday from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund will go to installing live wells on lobster boats.

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Some of the revenue announced Thursday from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund will go to putting in dwell wells on lobster boats.

Nova Scotia seafood organizations and fishermen are receiving much more than $44 million to up grade their functions, the federal and provincial governments introduced Thursday.

Eleven projects are acquiring money from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, a pot of cash shared 70/30 concerning Ottawa and the region’s provincial governments.

The jobs mostly involve some kind devices advancement — from setting up stay wells in lobster boats to equipment going into a new groundfish plant.

Thursday’s announcement is new, but in some scenarios tasks were being approved and cash state-of-the-art months back.

That is the scenario with the most significant project: $14 million to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. The shore crops it represents begun acquiring income very last June for technological upgrades, these types of as continuous displays to measure oxygen amounts and temperatures in holding tanks.

“It truly is presently been a sport changer. And I believe by the time we are finished, it will be an remarkable achievements,” Seafood Alliance executive director Leo Muise said at a digital announcement.

He reported $8 million has been innovative so far. The team has to distribute the money by September 2023.

‘Reimagining the fish and seafood sector’

Scotia Harvest Inc. is receiving $3.75 million toward the price tag of a new $8-million groundfish plant it is creating in Digby, N.S. The cash commenced flowing past fall.

“The AFF is reinvigorating and reimagining the fish and seafood sector in Canada,” mentioned federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan.

“In unique, the fund is encouraging present day and ground breaking approaches to harvest, method and produce superior high quality, sustainably sourced fish and seafood from the region’s professional fishery and aquaculture sectors.”

The revenue is currently being put in across the province. Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell said it is being well used.

“And with the additional cash that’s staying invested by the providers themselves, the investment will be effectively more than the $44 million we are chatting about nowadays, most likely double or triple that variety, and that is crucial to Nova Scotia,” Colwell mentioned.

The recipients of the dollars are:

  • Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia: $4,466,089 to improve the efficiency of shellfish internet sites.
  • Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association: $6,166,547 to produce operating are living wells on lobster vessels for improving high-quality.
  • Canso Seafoods: $1,262,400 to offer innovative products for new solution traces.
  • Cape d’Or Sustainable Seafoods: $3 million to support grow potential of land-dependent accredited natural salmon farm.
  • Coldwater Lobster Affiliation: $3,081,830 for lobster high-quality enhancement initiatives, as nicely as holding and aeration.
  • Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance: $14,453,234 to assist machines and innovation activities for members.
  • Perennia Foods and Agriculture: $1,795,650 to support COVID-19 response in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
  • Perennia Food items and Agriculture: $1,178,550 to assist grow export marketplaces for quality quality seafood.
  • Scotia Harvest Inc.: $3,750,000 for to support provide a new processing facility for groundfish.
  • Sustainable Fish Farming (Canada) Ltd.: $4 million to enable extend potential.
  • Victoria Co-Op Fisheries: $1,562,244 to assist supply modernization of processing amenities and products to accomplish British Retail Consortium certification.