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NS EEL Aquaculture business readying to launch with help from Dalhousie researchers

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Aiming to raise market ready product in a sustainable and low-impact way by 2020, NovaEel a Nova Scotia company continues to work with researchers at Dalhousie University. Receiving access to various sophisticated equipment, for example, the Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Core Facility at Dalhousie Medical School has helped the company to determine the sex of immature eels (glass eels) and to safely select and grow female eels, which can grow up to several kilograms and are the preferred product for export.

Dalhousie's Industry Liaison & Innovation office (Dal ILI), a Springboard member, played a key role to help obtained a $25,000 Engage Grant from NSERC and $5,000 from the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, allowing the Dalhousie researchers to work with NovaEel to develop the methods for safely and reliably feminizing its glass eel supply. Dal ILI will continue to be involved in the project were needed. 

The work on all aspects of this project has also proven to be a great training ground for scientists and engineers and so far has involved more than 20 trainees.

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