Public Health Agency of Canada

07/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2021 07:17

Government of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia invest $1.4 million in lobster quality for Cape Breton

July 16, 2021

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Canada's fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force in our national economy. The seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment - competition is intensifying, consumers are increasingly emphasizing sustainability and quality. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia today are making strategic investments through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

The funding-a total contribution of more than $1.4 million-will see the implementation of updated technologies, equipment and processes to improve holding, handling and processing of lobsters, ultimately resulting in improved lobster quality.

The Harbour Authority of Point Aconi is receiving over $330,000 in AFF funding to assist its members with the adoption of equipment and technology which will improve the harvest, handling and holding of live lobsters on vessels. Improvements to onboard holding practices will help to maintain live lobsters in the best possible condition improving quality, vitality, and value.

The Inverness South Fishermen's Association is receiving over $1.1 million in AFF funding to undertake modifications to members' vessels that incorporate new equipment and technologies to improve holding practices, water quality and aeration. Improvements to onboard holding practices will help to maintain lobsters in the best possible condition, improving quality, vitality, and value.

Quality starts at the ocean with the harvester. With investments like these, harvesters are able to make onboard improvements, through live well and water quality monitoring, to reduce lobster mortality and improve the landed condition of the lobster at port.

Funding these organizations will have a positive impact on local and regional economies in Cape Breton and in the Province. The contribution comes from the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, and focuses on increasing opportunities and market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund will continue to invest in projects over the seven-year life of the program. 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 adopt or 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.