Quebec Fisheries Fund grants close to $2 million for seven projects in the Magdalen Islands


The contribution will help enhance the sustainability and productivity of the fish and seafood sector

November 10, 2020 - Quebec City, Quebec


Seven projects in the Magdalen Islands funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) under the Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF).

A total of $1,637,943 in financial contributions from DFO.


Recipient Project objective QFF pillar DFO contribution ($) MAPAQ contribution ($) Total project cost ($)*
Total Ocean Inc. Purchase of a molecular distiller for the processing of seal oil. This innovative equipment will allow to reach a higher quality level of oil from all types of seals, optimizing its decontamination. Infrastructure 628,240 Through regular programming 2,378,600
SeaDNA Canada Inc. In collaboration with hunters, the project aims at optimizing grey and harp seal hunting methods, particularly for adults. This project will collectdata on the most significant factors influencing the quality of the hunt. The project will lay the groundwork for the development of a reference guide to facilitate adult seal hunting activities. Innovation and Science partnerships 66,878 28,662 106,640
LA Renaissance des Îles Inc. LA Renaissance des Îles Inc. will invest in the improvement of its lobster pound, namely by installing an automated, environmentally and energy-optimized lobster pond water management system. The automation of the water control will ensure a higher quality of lobster and offset lobster mortality during restraint operations and distribution. Infrastructure 567,136 Through regular programming 2,253,050
LA Renaissance des Îles Inc. To optimize its snow crab processing line, specifically for the packaging of frozen sections, the Company will implement a new packaging system that will automate the tipping of frozen crab baskets directly into cardboard boxes, ready for shipping. Infrastructure 68,233 29,243 159,800
Rassemblement des pêcheurs et pêcheuses des côtes des Îles The Rassemblement des pêcheurs et pêcheuses des côtes des Îles (RPPCÎ) wants to carry out research and development activities to acquire, in real time, pre-season environmental and biological data for the development of a multi-parameter decision-support tool. This tool would make it possible, in particular, to target the optimal date for the start of the lobster fishing season in the Magdalen Islands. The completion of this project will ensure the continuity of the efforts initiated during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Science partnerships 231,702 99,301 376,053
Les Moules de culture des Îles Inc. Improvement of the mussel harvesting performance by re-engineering the harvesting equipment on the Company's barges. The installation of this adapted equipment will allow for a continuous, safer and more efficient harvest. The project, which is part of the Company's overall approach to significantly increase its production, is expected to increase harvesting performance. Innovation and Infrastructure 54,810 23,490 87,000
Les Huîtres Old Harry Inc. Optimization of the entire process of sorting and maintaining the Company's oyster stocks. The installation of an outdoor work platform located at the end of a floating dock will limit the movements and stress associated with the various shellfish treatments, such as cleaning and sorting, and structural changes. Infrastructure 20,944 8,976 73,458

* The total cost of the project includes the financial participation of the recipient in the project.

For more information:

Jane Deeks
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region

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