QUEBEC FISHERIES FUND GRANTS MORE THAN $1 MILLION
Quebec Fisheries Fund grants more than $1 million for 13 projects across the province. The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are announcing funding of more than $1 million to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec’s fish and seafood sector. The Government of Canada’s contribution to these thirteen projects amounts to $855,806, and the Government of Quebec’s contribution is $376,773.
For five years, the Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF) will support projects in the areas of innovation, science partnerships, commercial fisheries infrastructure, aquaculture, and processing, which increase the value of high quality fish and seafood products from sustainable sources, and help position Quebec’s fish and seafood sector for continued long term growth.
The combined contributions of the federal and provincial governments total $42.8 million in investments in the QFF, which will create opportunities and increase the market value of high quality fish and seafood products from sustainable practices in Quebec.
Bernadette Jordan Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said:
“As we look ahead to the post-pandemic, it’s more important than ever that our industries have the resources they need to be as productive and sustainable as possible. These investments through the Quebec Fisheries Fund, our government is helping ensure that women and men of Quebec’s seafood sector can earn the maximum value for their product. The organizations we’re funding have creating new, innovative ways to grow Canada’s seafood sector, and we’re proud to invest in their vision.”
Diane Lebouthillier Minister of National Revenue, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, said:
“Gaspésie, the Magdalen Islands as well as the entire province can be proud of the projects announced today, because they reflect the desire of all players in the fish and seafood sector in Quebec to ensure sustainable growth through innovation. These new equipment and technologies will contribute to business growth and the influence of local industry.”
André Lamontagne Ministre de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec, said:
“All of the projects receiving financial assistance today are examples of actions that businesses can take to remain competitive and expand with a focus on sustainable development. In order to develop our food self-sufficiency, we must take care of our seas and oceans, and that is precisely what today’s investments are aimed at. The 13 joint funding awards we are announcing today are examples of fruitful collaboration between Québec, the rest of Canada and stakeholders in the fishing and aquaculture industry in Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Gaspésie to carry out innovative projects.”
- TheAssociation québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche (AQIP) receives nearly $33,000 for a study on the modernization of groundfish processing plants with a view to resuming the redfish fishery.
- 9234-6493 Québec Inc. (Mathieu Girard) receives nearly $90,000 to develop and test a new sea cucumber dredge in Rivière-au-Renard.
- The Centre de recherche sur les biotechnologies marines (CRBM)is receiving $98,000 to develop a new bait for lobster and perform a cost-benefit analysis between traditional bait and this new bait.
- Merinovreceives over $95,000 to assess the potential of seaweed in the manufacture of various foods.
- La Crevette du Nord Atlantique Inc.received more than $90,000 to optimize its processing line for “double frozen” shrimp.
- Le Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie (RPPSG) receives more than $100,000 to develop and test a device better adapted to inshore fisheries to reduce the possibility of whale entanglement. The RPPSG also received nearly $25,000 to provide lobster harvesters in the Gaspé Peninsula with the sanitary equipment needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 onboard their vessels.
- Pêcherie Pierre-Paul Dupuis et fils Inc.is receiving nearly $100,000 to purchase and install a control and monitoring system for its shrimp trawl, which will improve fishing efficiency and environmental sustainability.
- Pêcheries Danamé Inc. is receiving more than $70,000 to increase the efficiency of its shrimp fishing operations by installing a Trawl-Eye echosounder sensor and an underwater camera.
- Les Fruits de Mer Madeleine Inc.receives more than $70,000 to improve its snow crab processing line.
- Les logiciels Smart Sailorsreceives nearly $90,000 to develop a digital application that will help harvesters to improve the safety and maintenance of their vessels.
- GHGES Marine Solutions Inc. receives nearly $60,000 to adapt its Marentrack© monitoring system to the fishing industry.
- The Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Bandreceives $295,000 to purchase and install an “Echo Trawl” control system on their three shrimp trawlers.