Monday, September 19, 2016

19/09/2016: New Brunswick aquaculture receives $3.2 million in federal funding

According to an article recently published by The Canadian Press staff on Metronews A New Brunswick aquaculture company has received $3.2 million in federal funding to develop a process to remove a type of parasite from farmed salmon.

The parasites, called sea lice, attach themselves to the bodies of both wild and farmed fish, feeding on their mucus and skin.

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Cooke Aquaculture, based in Black's Harbour, N.B., is working to develop a device and process that uses warm water to remove sea lice from salmon, achieving a 95 percent removal rate.

Officials say the new process will reduce sea lice-related losses and provide a green alternative to managing sea lice outbreaks.

Cooke estimates sea lice infestation in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador alone have cost industry more than $75 million over the last five years.

Ottawa says $3 million of the funding is conditionally repayable, while $247,000 is coming from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Read more HERE.

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