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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
APRIL - MAY 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 2
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FUNDING TO SUPPORT
AQUACULTURE INNOVATION IN QUEBEC

Two innovative projects for improving the production and economic performance of Quebec’s shellfish farming industry will receive the total sum of $141,000 from the Government of Canada under the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to improving the competitiveness, productivity and environmental performance of the Canadian aquaculture industry, and is backing its commitment with a $23.5 million investment over five years to support this highly productive industry that contributes to the economic development of rural, coastal and First Nations communities.

INSPIRING TECHNOLOGY

The first project aims to help Quebec’s young shellfish farming industry adapt or create technologies to mechanize or automate certain operations for use in the short term, using technology developed elsewhere in the world as a source of inspiration. The following technologies will be studied:

  • A mechanical cleaner for buoys attached to floating longlines;
  • A system to prevent tangling of the ropes used to raise and lower submerged longline cultures;
  • A mussel harvesting technique that will substantially reduce losses;
  • A scallop production technique using an “earring” suspension structure; and
  • A hydraulic mechanical rake to reduce the number of people needed to gather clams.

The second project involves the development of an inventory-compiling technique and the production of specific software suitable for shellfish farming. The program, which will be introduced to the industry in April 2009, will allow producers who are less familiar with computers to easily manage their sea farming operations, equipment and shellfish stocks from a single database.

The Société de développement de l’industrie maricole (SODIM) and its regional partners will invest more than $300,000 in the two projects.

Additional information on DFO’s aquaculture program and on how to submit applications for AIMAP funding, a summary of funded projects, FAQ and a list of resource persons are posted on line at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sustainable-durable/innovation-eng.htm.


Pierre Lauzier
Fisheries and Aquaculture Management