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CANADIAN SCALLOP DREDGE FUNDING SUPPORT

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Canadian Scallop Dredge Funding Support – The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec have announced new funding to support the development of an eco-friendly scallop dredge.

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, were in Cap-aux-Meules (Magdalen Islands) last week to announce a $219,243 contribution to the Association des pêcheurs de pétoncles des Îles-de-la-Madeleine for innovative trials of an “N-viro” type scallop drag. The objective of the project is to improve the environmental and economic performance of the scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) fishing industry in the Magdalen Islands.

The Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF) is a five-year collaboration agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec where projects are developed, implemented and approved jointly to help this important economic sector.

This partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec modernizes and drives innovation in Quebec’s sectors of harvesting and processing of fish and seafood, and in aquaculture.

The federal government will contribute $30 million, and $12.8 million will be provided by the Government of Quebec.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard , said: “This first project under the Quebec Fisheries Fund, an historic agreement between the Governments of Canada and Quebec, will help transform and boost innovation in the fish and seafood sector. This fund will help create good jobs for the middle class, and growth and investment opportunities for businesses in communities in the Magdalen Islands and throughout Quebec.”

Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, said: “The test project of the eco-friendly drag “N-viro” is promising in more than one way. Firstly, for its ability to reduce fuel costs but also for its technical characteristics that protect the seabed and species, and its capacity of limiting bycatch. Conclusive tests could lead to the use of this new machine that will promote new, more environmentally friendly practices here in the Magdalen Islands and elsewhere in Quebec.

Mr. André Lamontagne, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, said: “The Quebec Fisheries Fund is a great tool that allows a transition to more eco-responsible fishing equipment and demonstrates the industry’s concern to preserve our oceans and seabed. The development of environmentally friendly fishing is part of our vision for the future, and reflects the expectations of today’s consumers. I congratulate the Association des pêcheurs de pétoncles des Îles-de-la-Madeleine for being proactive and for taking to heart the sustainable development of the Quebec fisheries sector.”

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