Canadian fish farmers get lift from government


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
November 15, 2011

Canadian aquaculture producers can dive into new export opportunities abroad thanks to a new investment from the government.

Canadian Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield on Wednesday announced an investment of more than CAD 1 million for the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) to generate awareness and new sales of Canada’s farmed seafood products.

The investment will enable CAIA to participate in trade shows and missions, brand Canadian farmed salmon, market Canadian farmed mussel and sablefish, and undertake international market development and market research for Canadian farmed seafood products. In 2010, Canada exported CAD 4 billion of seafood to more than 130 countries, with farmed seafood exports totaling nearly CAD 600 million.

The announcement is part of a CAD 88 million investment provided through the AgriMarketing program under Growing Forward, which helps industry implement long-term international strategies, including international market development, industry-to-industry trade adovacy and consumer awareness and branding.

“Today’s announcement is good news for the Canadian aquaculture industry,” said Ruth Salmon, CAIA executive director. “With this funding, our industry members can continue to deliver the powerful message to our major export markets that Canada is a world leader in the environmentally sustainable production of high quality farmed seafood products.”

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