Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods
December 21, 2016

Building a Strong Seafood Industry

Seafood Innovation and Transition Program Boosts Industry Growth, Diversification in 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Seafood Innovation and Transition Program has provided over $2 million to support innovation and development for 37 initiatives throughout the province’s seafood industry. The program was announced in Budget 2016 with a focus on helping the seafood industry transition to a groundfish-based fishery.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that to date this funding has assisted our seafood industry in leveraging a total of approximately $3.5 million from other sources. By bolstering technology and innovation in harvesting, processing, aquaculture and marketing, our industry can improve quality, reduce costs and be increasingly competitive in the global marketplace.”
- The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods

The Seafood Innovation and Transition Program is designed to support growth and diversification in the province’s seafood sector, including initiatives to make the transition from shellfish to a groundfish-dominated industry in the future.

“Boosting the viability of groundfish supports our vision as outlined in The Way Forward. Last year the production value of our seafood sector exceeded $1.2 billion. We believe that by taking a proactive partnership approach with industry today, we will be able to successfully position our industry for growth and innovation into the future.”
- Minister Crocker

A complete list of the projects funded to date can be found in the backgrounder below.

This initiative supports commitments made in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, available online at The vision guides Provincial Government actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.


  • Over $2 million has been awarded to 37 projects through the Seafood Innovation and Transition Program in 2016.
  • This funding has allowed the industry to leverage an additional $3.5 million in 2016.
  • The program is designed to support growth and diversification in the province’s seafood sector, including initiatives to make the transition from shellfish to a groundfish-dominated industry.
  • For more information on the Seafood Innovation and Transition Program, please visit

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Media contact:

Rod Drover
Media Relations Manager
Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods
709-729-3783, 730-4607


The Provincial Government has provided funding for 37 initiatives under the Seafood Innovation and Transition Program in 2016:

ProponentProject TitleProvincial Contribution in 2016
Canadian Centre for Fisheries InnovationRanched Cod Feeding Optimization$34,443
Beothic Fish Processors Ltd.Processed Dry Fish Products - Phase III$74,400
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA)Aquaculture Promotion$55,000
Allen’s Fisheries Ltd.Development of an Automated Racking and Palletizing System$100,000
Atlantic TreasureCapelin Market and Technology$79,425
HSF Ocean Products Ltd.Onboard Handling Technology$100,000
Dandy Dan’s Fish Market Ltd.Purchase a Marel Portioning Technology$88,732
Centre for Sustainable Aquatic ResourcesDevelop and Test a New Cod Pot Design$77,410
MUN - Ocean SciencesCleaner Fish Project - Phase 2$30,000
James ChidleyPurchase Insulated Tubs$4,340
Marine InstitutePrimeFish Canada - Year 2$97,590
Baxter S. StokesTuck Seining Herring and Capelin$73,901
Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD)Coolnova Technologies Optimization Trials – Phase II$43,975
Jason SullivanSlurry Ice System Infrastructure$73,981
Icewater Seafoods Inc.Installation of a Innova Solutions System$100,000
Fisheries Science Stewardship and Sustainability Board (FSSSB)Mitigation of European Green Crab in Fortune Bay$59,299
Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem ResearchResidency and Stock Dynamics of Cod – Year 1$47,310
NAIACod Grow-out Advancement Project$83,000
WWF – CanadaNorthern Cod Fishery Improvement Project – Year II$79,500
CASDTechnological Improvements to the End-of-Line Handling$39,068
Marine Institute (CASD)Cod Pilot Project - Conche$61,292
Marine Institute (CASD)Halibut Quality Initiative $26,005
Hubert HeddersonPurchase Insulated Fish Containers$4,719
Troy HardyPurchase and Install a Mustad Autoline System$94,697
Kevin HardyOnboard Groundfish Handling System$21,400
Doug TrainorPurchase Deck Equipment$40,145
Notus Electronics Ltd.Evaluating a Trawl-Mounted Echo Sounder$30,698
CASDLMW Salmon Peptide III$30,000
David G. ChidleyPurchase Fish Hold Boxes$6,227
FSSSBCod Quality Phase II$100,000
Torngat Fish Producers Co-Operative Society Ltd.Experimental Whelk Fishery$18,740
JBCE Fisheries Ltd.Purchase and Install a Mustad Autoline System$96,410
Green Seafoods Ltd.Product and Market Development$60,000
Norlantic Processors Ltd.Purchase a Deep Water ROV$27,219
Fish, Food and Allied WorkersHarvesting the Potential of 3N0 Whelk$87,095
North Atlantic Marine Services and Supplies Inc.Service and Supply Mustad Autoline Systems$4,512
Hailey Bear Enterprise Ltd.Design, Construction, and Operation of a Multi-Species Vessel $31,200

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