Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia fund projects to boost innovation and productivity in the fish and seafood sector


Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce funding of more than $1.2M for 11 projects through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

The funding—a total contribution of $1,226,841—will see the implementation of innovative projects and new technologies in the fish and seafood sector.

Recipient/Location AFF funding Total project cost Project description
Granville Gates and Sons Ltd. $96,995 $129,327 To purchase and install new packaging and product handling equipment to expand its line of value-added seafood products and improve productivity.
ShanDaph Oysters $11,760 $98,130 To purchase and install new equipment (i.e., a finger crane) to increase efficiency and productivity on cultured shellfish aquaculture leases.
Ceilidh Fishermen Co-op Ltd. $99,900 $159,250 To acquire and install new technology that will allow the enterprise to transition into a more efficient lobster grading process and improve quality control.
Fairhaven Holdings Ltd. $63,038 $78,798 To purchase new equipment that will support more efficient harvesting techniques, leading to higher quality catch, improved fishing operations, and minimize waste.
James L. Mood Fisheries Ltd. $99,806 $133,075 To install an integrated and digitized data entry system to facilitate traceability of their products and automate payments to harvesters.
Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. $79,641 $99,551 To purchase and test an end-to-end software system to incorporate radio frequency identification tanks and readers throughout its shellfish processing facility.
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council $76,766 $100,000 To coordinate training opportunities for improving safety and knowledge of fish harvesters.
We'koqma'q First Nation $511,460 $639,625 To convert an existing fresh water hatchery from a facility that is constantly drawing large amounts of water to flow through the tanks and then exit through an outflow, to a fresh water re-use facility which would reduce the amount of water needed as well as chemical costs, significantly lower risk from disease, and improve production.
Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen's Association $46,500 $79,725 To adopt new processes and certification that will permit the Chedabucto Bay Shrimp Trap Fishery to expand into new markets that require the Marine Stewardship Council product certification.
Deep Vision Inc. $45,075 $60,100 To test and pilot an innovative new software system which will automatically locate whales when near the surface of the ocean.
Premium Seafoods Ltd. $95,900 $132,800 To purchase new technology for a refurbishment of a fish processing plant to process whelk.

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