Government of Canada

08/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/03/2018 10:17

Government of Canada and New Brunswick provide over $1 million to Miscou Fish Products and Canadian Crab Packers Associates under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund

August 3, 2018

Miscou, New Brunswick

The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick announced a repayable contribution of just over $1 million for Miscou Fish Products Inc. and the Canadian Crab Packers Associates Limited for new equipment and technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their processing operations. The contribution derives from the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF), focused on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.

On May 25, 2017, fire destroyed the seafood processing facilities of Miscou Fish Products, located on Miscou Island in northern New Brunswick. A decision was made to rebuild the plant and acquire state-of-the-art processing equipment and implement innovative processes to bring the company at the forefront of quality standards and automation to meet market demand for seafood products. This project includes the acquisition of this equipment to develop a truly innovative plant in this remote community. This project will create jobs that were lost due to the fire and contribute to the economic development of the area.

The AFF will invest in projects over the next seven years. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.

Eligible projects must focus on:

  • Innovation - to support research and development of new innovations that contribute to sustainability of the fish and seafood sector, and to create partnerships and networks that aim to promote and encourage innovations in the sector
  • Infrastructure - to adapt new technologies, processes, or equipment to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector
  • Science Partnerships - fisheries and aquaculture industry based partnerships with academia and institutions to enhance knowledge and understanding of the impacts of changing oceanographic conditions and sustainable harvesting technology

Quotes

'The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is there to help companies like Miscou Fish Products and the Canadian Crab Packers Associates Limited, which produce quality seafood products, to buy state-of-the-art equipment and develop new technologies and processes. In this case, the funding will also help the company to re-open. This, in turn, will create jobs and economic development in a rural, economically challenged area. '

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

'We are pleased to announce this funding for Miscou Fish Products and the Canadian Crab Packers Associates Limited today. It will help to create jobs in our area and to create economic growth in the future. That is what our government promised early on, and we are proud to deliver on that promise.'

Serge Cormier, M.P. for Acadie-Bathurst

'The fish and seafood sectors are significant contributors to New Brunswick's economy, particularly in our rural and coastal communities. We are proud to be working together with our federal counterparts in making sure New Brunswick seafood is second to none when it comes to quality and value'

The Honourable Rick Doucet, Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Province of New Brunswick

'This project will bring back jobs that were lost due to the fire and contribute to the economic development of the area. This is good news for the people of Miscou and surrounding areas.'

The Honourable Wilfred Roussel, Minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs, Province of New Brunswick

Quick facts

  • Mr. Hiroshi Inoue owns 100% of Miscou Fish Products Inc. as well as Canadian Crab Packers Associated Limited (Canapak)

Contacts

Laura Gareau
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
613-992-3474
[email protected]

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537
[email protected]

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