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Minister Announces $3.5 Million in FACTAP Funding

The Government of Canada has announced over $3.5 million in funding for fisheries and aquaculture companies through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP).

FACTAP, which first launched in 2017, was designed to aid small and medium-sized business in adopting environmentally friendly technologies into their business model by reducing water consumption, energy use and emissions, plastic use, waste or bycatch of non-targeted species. FACTAP also included funding for aquaculture facilities to pilot test late-stage innovations and processing technologies.

“With today’s announcement, our government is giving our aquaculture producers, harvesters and processors, as well as commercial fishers, the tools they need to implement more environmentally efficient practices and invest in cutting-edge techniques and technologies,” said Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “From coast to coast to coast, I’m confident this investment will help the aquaculture and fisheries sectors to become even more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

The $3.5 million in funding was divided amongst 18 projects, 13 of which were in Atlantic Canada and Québec — Five projects were funded in Nova Scotia, three in New Brunswick, one in Newfoundland and Labrador and four in Québec. The remaining five government funds went to British Columbian companies.

Nova Scotia:

  • $423,000 to Hamilton’s Eel Fishery Limited to install photovoltaic solar panels.
  • $174,000 to Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association to install wind turbines and outfit 30 lobster vessels with solar panels.
  • $25,000 to D’Eon Oyster Company to install a solar array in their processing facility.
  • $282,000 to Fisherman’s Market International Incorporated to install a rooftop solar array and a battery energy storage system in their lobster holding and processing facility.
  • $1,000,000 to Yarmouth Bar Fisheries Limited to install a solar array and electrical upgrades.

New Brunswick:

  • $389,000 to Pisciculture Acadienne Limitée to install a solar panel system.
  • $35,000 to Gibson Creek Fish Company to install a filter for removing solid particles from and recycle recovered wastewater coming from the production tanks.
  • $56,000 to Pêcheries Thibodeau et Fils Limitée to install a custom washing machine for live oysters and high-pressure oscillating nozzle kits for washing oyster bags.

Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • $12,800 to Hedderson Fishing Limited to install oil filter systems.

Québec:

  • $574,000 to Aquaculture Gaspésie Incorporated to install a high-efficiency system for recovering fish waste to reduce phosphorus discharge.
  • $159,000 to Pétoncles Carleton Incorporated to buy an electric work vessel.
  • $56,000 to Opercule to install a high-performance heat pump and temperature exchange system at their urban fish farm.
  • $77,000 to Ferme Piscicole des Bobines to convert to an intensive recirculating farming system.
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