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NL’s Marine Innovation Continues To Accelerate

The investment of $1.5 million in Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) made by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund and Business Development Program will support 3 projects that will enable NL’s marine and aquaculture research and industry to remain strong and focus on continued growth locally and internationally.

MI will establish a Regional Aquaculture Centre in the Coast of Bays region with the goal to close the gap in skills development, ensuring the sustainability of the aquaculture industry, while enhancing the technology transfer and research needs. MI will also make improvements to the institutes’ simulator capacity, providing cutting-edge training opportunities for marine and offshore operations and it will allow MI’s ocean-mapping capacity to grow through new leading-edge technology.  Going forward the funding will allow MI to establish a 2-year international business development program, geared towards advancing its international business activity in coastal sustainability, education program management and climate change.

Probably best highlighting and showing off MI’s capabilities and commitment to collaboration and continued growth is the recent demonstration of the newly developed crab processor, a truly collaborative project between MI, the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI). The new equipment will be more efficient, cutting back on the need for physical labour and is ready to be used by fish plants around the province and beyond.

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New crab processor shown off during Innovation Week