Land-based fish farm breaking new ground for aquaculture
Investment supports Nova Scotia-based facility to contribute to clean growth in aquaculture sector
April 21, 2017 – Centre Burlington, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Science that makes the production of environmentally sustainable foods possible is followed with interest by producers, suppliers and consumers around the world. That is why the Government of Canada is investing
$1 million in Sustainable Fish Farming Limited of Hants County to increase the production of safe, sustainable Atlantic salmon, and to commercialize leading-edge marine water treatment technology.
The support was announced today by the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Funding is provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program.
Innovation plays an integral role in the overall competitiveness of the aquaculture sector, and creates better opportunities for seafood producers, businesses and Canadians. Sustainable Fish Farming Limited, in Centre Burlington, is constructing a 300 metric tonne land-based, saltwater grow-out facility, which will bring the company’s total capacity to 500 metric tonnes. This will enable production of Atlantic salmon year-round. The expansion will improve the business’ competitiveness in the seafood sector and make it possible to develop new markets for a product that has already received critical acclaim from restaurateurs. The facility operates a proprietary closed containment system which recirculates water that is entirely free of contaminants, resulting in a sustainable salmon stock that is 100 per cent free of drugs and disease.
“Canada is making significant advances in land-based aquaculture through the development of new technologies that protect the environment and result in high quality products. That is why this government is committed to working with companies like Sustainable Fish Farming Limited to further develop markets based on innovative solutions that create high-quality jobs and wealth for Canadians.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“This project will not only enhance Sustainable Fish Farming’s profile as a quality Canadian-based supplier, but also support innovation in land-based aquaculture. The technology that has been developed right here in Nova Scotia is creating environmental solutions for fish farming that is benefitting Canadians and can be replicated in countries around the world.”
- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants
“The expansion to a 500 metric tonne grow-out unit will enable us to farm our Sustainable Blue salmon products on a larger scale, and be more competitive in local and international markets. Our fully-enclosed recirculating technology is a game-changer for the industry, yielding premium quality, sustainably produced and drug-free fish.”
- Kirk Havercroft, CEO, Sustainable Fish Farming Ltd.
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Sustainable Fish Farming (Canada) Limited
Phone: 902-757-3114 / 902-691-0475 (cell)
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