07/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2021 07:54
July 21, 2021
Moncton, New Brunswick - Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council, announced a joint federal-provincial investment of $4.2 million through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. This funding will go to 26 projects across Southeast New Brunswick that focus on innovative technologies to improve productivity and sustainability in the lobster, snow crab and smoked herring processing sectors. It will enable these local organizations to be more efficient and adapt to meet national and international market requirements.
Edmond Gagnon, a family-owned seafood processing plant established in Grand Barachois since 1946, received $2 million to support the acquisition and installation of state of the art equipment for a new processing facility. The equipment will enable greater automation, product traceability, increased productivity, and market diversification by meeting the British Retail Consortium certification requirements.
In addition, 20 other processors share $2.2M for 25 projects to acquire and install specialized equipment:
Automation in the seafood processing sector is instrumental in maintaining a globally competitive industry through improved efficiency and productivity. The industry faces challenges in hiring workers, and automation with modern equipment allows for improved work conditions along with improved employee recruitment and retention.
Canada's fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force in Canada's economy. The seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment - competition is intensifying, and consumers are looking for sustainability and quality. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are making strategic investments in the Province's fish and seafood sector through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.