Cooke Nets Funding for Traceability Project

The Canadian government announced on Monday that Cooke Aquaculture in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, will receive up to $1.9 million for its salmon tracking project.

The funding, dispersed over a four-year period, will allow Cooke to develop a system to trace the DNA of the fish that leave its hatcheries. Cooke plans to work with researchers at the Research and Productivity Council to develop a system that will track individual Atlantic salmon within a commercial aquaculture operation. Total cost of the project is estimated at $2.8 million.

Cooke will split the funds between its research office in Fredericton, where scientists will develop the necessary software, and its freshwater operations in Oak Bay, where it will conduct DNA analysis.

The system will replace the practice of manually tracing fish stocks through its freshwater, saltwater, processing and sales divisions.

The funds are earmarked by the Atlantic Innovation Fund as part of a $63 million investment in 29 research and development projects in Atlantic Canada.


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