The contribution will help enhance the sustainability and productivity of the fish and seafood sector
Quebec, Quebec – The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are announcing funding of more than $2 million to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec’s fish and seafood sector. The Government of Canada’s contribution to these 16 projects in the Gaspé Region and the Magdalen Islands amounts to $1,833,939, and the Government of Quebec’s contribution is $415,770.
For five years, the Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF) will support projects in the areas of innovation, science partnerships, commercial fisheries, aquaculture and processing infrastructure, which increase the value of high‑quality fish and seafood products from sustainable sources, and help position Quebec’s fish and seafood sector for continued long‑term growth.
The combined contributions of the federal and provincial governments total $42.8 million in investments in the QFF, which will create opportunities and increase the market value of high‑quality fish and seafood products from sustainable practices in Quebec.
“Through Quebec Fisheries Fund, we’re ensuring that our seafood sector can continue to innovate, invest in new technology, and collaborate with scientists, marketers, and other partners. Canada is known for its world-class seafood, and these investments will help the hardworking people of our Quebec fisheries produce the highest quality, most sustainable product.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Our government will always be there to support our region’s vital fishing industry. The contributions announced today will allow, among other things, the development, acquisition, installation and testing of equipment or methods and the optimization of processes and tools, including new types of fishing gear, which will contribute to the growth of businesses in the Magdalen Islands and the Gaspé region while supporting the protection and sustainability of the Quebec fisheries industry.”
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
“All of the projects receiving financial assistance today are examples of actions that businesses can take to remain competitive and expand with a focus on sustainable development. In order to develop our food self-sufficiency, we must take care of our seas and oceans, and that is precisely what today’s investments are aimed at. The 16 joint funding awards we are announcing today are examples of fruitful collaboration between Québec, the rest of Canada and stakeholders in the fishing and aquaculture industry in Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Gaspésie to carry out innovative projects.”
Mr. André Lamontagne
Ministre de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
Agrès de Pêche A.C.P.G. inc. is receiving more than $30,000 to acquire and install a trawl drum in its workshop.
The Coopérative des Capitaines Propriétaires de la Gaspésie is receiving nearly $100,000 to replace the refrigerant and acquire innovative and ecological equipment for its ice plant.
Les Pêcheries Marc Paré inc. receives more than $70,000 for the purchase and installation of a Simrad Trawl Eye monitoring system.
Pêcheries G.M.S. inc. receives more than $80,000 for the purchase and installation of a Simrad Trawl Eye monitoring system and an underwater camera.
Huîtres Baie des Chaleurs inc. is receiving nearly $20,000 to develop two oyster production equipments for oyster grow-out facilities in coastal areas.
2973-1288 Québec inc. and Pêcheries Raymond Desbois inc. are each receiving nearly $100,000 for the purchase and installation of a Marport M5 monitoring system.
The Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie inc. is receiving nearly $70,000 to test modifications to lobster fishing gear in the Gaspé Region in order to reduce the risk of entanglement causing injury and mortality to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales.
Gestion Danfran inc. is receiving more than $70,000 for the acquisition of an automated strapping system and an automated box rotation system.
Homards du Cap des Îles inc. is receiving more than $800,000 in repayable funding to optimize its holding tank processes to reduce losses and energy consumption.
The Association des chasseurs de phoques intra-Québec is receiving nearly $60,000 to develop harvesting methods and processing techniques to add value to seal co-products that are still unexploited today.
La Renaissance des Îles inc. is receiving nearly $100,000 for the acquisition of an automatic butchering table that will automate the process of separating the claws from the body of the snow crab. In a second phase, the company is also receiving nearly $70,000 for the acquisition of an automated crate washer. Finally, the company receives nearly $100,000 for the acquisition of an automated live lobster grading machine that will automate the grading of lobsters by weight and placing them into crates.
The Rassemblement des pêcheurs et pêcheuses des côtes des Îles (RPPCI) is receiving more than $300,000 to provide fish harvesters members of RPPCI insulated bins that will allow them to deliver a superior quality product.
Grande-Entrée Aquaculture inc. is receiving more than $90,000 to develop an ergonomic work method based on the mechanized processing of imported oysters in order to increase the operational yield.