University’s role in the province’s burgeoning
aquaculture industry was one of the subjects on the agenda
of a recent conference organized by the Newfoundland Aquaculture
Memorial’s Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay recently
received an Atlantic Foundation for Innovation grant of over
$4-million to provide essential research to enhance the establishment
of a commercial Atlantic cod aquaculture industry in Newfoundland
and to assist in the continued development of the Atlantic
halibut aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada. The total
cost of the project is over $12 million
One of these projects involves a cod farm project in Bay d’Espoir.
Hatchery production and research will take place at the Aquaculture
Research and Development Facility of the OSC while on-growing
will take place at the demonstration site in Bay d’Espoir
on Newfoundland’s south coast.
The OSC is working closely with its industry partners to perform
practical, timely and pertinent research to develop an economically
viable aquaculture industry. Research and development work
with Atlantic cod will address challenges related to broodstock,
stock selection, larval production, weaning, cannibalism,
juvenile growth, stocking density, ongrowing at cage sites,
cage husbandry, early maturation, fish health and disease.
Research with Atlantic halibut will focus on broodstock and
egg quality issues.
This project is a cooperative effort between the OSC and industry
partners including Newfoundland Aqua Ventures Inc., North
Atlantic Sea Farms, Long Island Resources Ltd., Vinland Aqua-Farms
Ltd. and the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association.
A management board consisting of government, academia and
private sector representatives will oversee all project activities.
The project, with total costs of $12,374,250 will receive
$4,100,000 from the Atlantic Innovation Fund over a five-year
period, in addition to funding from other public and private
sources, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation.