07/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2021 08:47
The province and the Government of Canada are providing more than $13 million to support value-added seafood processing and assist harvesters with updated technology, equipment and processes to improve the holding, handling and processing of lobsters.
'We're investing in value-added processing to help our seafood sector continue to meet increasing market demands for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood,' said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. 'Our investments will also help harvesters make improvements to the holding, handling and transportation of live lobster, which is so important in world markets.'
A subsidiary of Atlantic Canada-owned Ocean Choice International is receiving $10.3 million to support the adoption of some of the most advanced state-of-the-art processing and packaging equipment available. The company is building a retail packing plant and cold-storage distribution centre in Dartmouth, which will enable it to conduct value-added, secondary processing and pursue new market opportunities in North America, Europe and Asia. The contribution comes from the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program.
The Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, is also providing:
The total provincial contribution to the four projects is almost $2.9 million.
Canada's fish and seafood sector is a vital part of the economy - with Nova Scotia leading the way. The projects we are supporting through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund will help our fisheries to remain in the forefront for advancement in adopting new state-of-the-art technology and equipment. A strong fishery means more jobs for coastal Canadians, and more prosperity in our coastal communities.Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard