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New equipment will triple the potential production of Prince Edward Island’s only supplier of hatchery oyster seed
December 15, 2022 · Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
The success of Indigenous organizations, businesses and communities is essential to building a strong, innovative and inclusive Atlantic Canadian economy. With increasing demand for P.E.I. seafood products, there is high potential for further prosperity and self sustainability for both the aquaculture sector and Indigenous communities on the Island. That is why the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Lennox Island First Nation to ensure its oyster hatchery has the resources it needs to grow and build on its success as the province’s sole supplier of oyster seed.
Federal investments will support Indigenous economic development and support Prince Edward Island’s shellfish industry
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a total federal contribution of $225,841 to the Lennox Island Development Corporation to expand production of the Bideford Shellfish Hatchery. A non-repayable contribution of $112,920 is provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), and an additional $112,920 is invested through the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI).
This funding will support Lennox Island Development Corporation in the purchase and installation of new equipment, and staff training to increase the production of oysters at the hatchery. This project is anticipated to triple the annual potential production of oyster seed, helping the industry meet global demand for P.E.I. oysters. The expansion will also help position the hatchery for long-term growth and sustainability.
Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting economic opportunities for Indigenous communities throughout the region.
“The Canadian aquaculture sector produces world class seafood products that have put our region on the map in a highly competitive global market. This industry plays a vital role in Indigenous communities and helps to power the Atlantic Canadian economy. We are committed to supporting our local producers so they can respond to this global demand.”
– The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA
This funding is another concrete step the federal government is taking to express our commitment to reconciliation. Investing in Indigenous communities like Lennox Island supports meaningful local jobs, and the expansion of the Bideford Shellfish Hatchery will help raise the profile of PEI’s aquaculture industry and introduce its world-class products to new markets.”
– The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
The Bideford Shellfish Hatchery is an experienced and highly regarded supplier, and as the only producer of P.E.I. hatchery oyster seed, they play a vital role in the success of our Island’s oyster industry. Through these investments, the aquaculture sector, and the wider food business ecosystem on P.E.I., will realize new opportunities to innovate and diversify into new markets; resulting in a more resilient industry.”
– Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont
“We are excited to move forward with this much needed initiative. With this funding we are able to bring improvements to our hatchery to help with sustainability and streamlining our processes to improve our product.”
– Mike Randall, Executive Director of Lennox Island Development Corporation
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