Fisheries and Land Resources
September 11, 2017

Provincial Government Announces Funding to Support Innovation, Transition to Groundfish in Seafood Industry

The Provincial Government is continuing to support the diversification and growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s seafood industry with investments of approximately $1.8 million to date in 2017-18 as part of the $2 million Seafood Innovation and Transition Program.

Derrick Bragg, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Land Resources, today joined members of the Fogo Island Co-op for the announcement.

The Seafood Innovation and Transition Program funds projects that focus on technologies and innovations in harvesting, processing, aquaculture and marketing to strategically place Newfoundland and Labrador in a position to avail of opportunities in the international marketplace. A key emphasis for the program is the fishing industry’s transition from a predominantly shellfish fishery to a groundfish fishery.

Last year, the program supported 37 projects throughout the province’s seafood industry. So far for 2017-18, applications from 62 projects have been approved for funding. A complete list of projects funded to date in 2017 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. The seafood sector is also a key priority for the Cabinet Committee on Jobs, which is focused on increasing jobs and growth through unprecedented partnerships with industry.

“Last year, the production value of our seafood sector reached yet another record high, exceeding $1.4 billion. We have committed to expanding the industry in a sustainable manner. By supporting innovation and modernization, we are on track to even greater successes in the future as we transition to a more diversified and groundfish-based industry.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

"I am proud that our government continues to support local industry in communities throughout our province. The funding announced today bolsters the economy in communities of this area, and I know the same program is having a positive effect on enterprises all along our shores."
Derrick Bragg
Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Land Resources

“The fishery is and always will be the mainstay on Fogo Island. We are delighted that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has approved our request for funding under the Seafood Innovation and Transition Program. Having a government that shares the same vision as us in this renewed fishery is important and we value our relationship with them tremendously.”
Phil Barnes
General Manager, Fogo Island Co-op

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Fisheries and Land Resources
709-729-3783, 730-4607

Phil Barnes
Fogo Island Co-op


Budget 2017 continues funding for the Seafood Innovation and Transition Program to help the seafood industry prepare for new opportunities as groundfish resources rebound.

To date for 2017-18, applications from the following projects have been approved for funding:

ProponentProject NameLocationAmount Approved
Gerard PomroyPurchase Automatic JiggersPlacentia                  $13,426
Fogo Island Co-Op Society Ltd.Cod Pot ProjectFogo Island                     $36,000
Jeanne MatthewsPurchase Cod PotsGrand Bank                      $8,000
Ian GossePurchase Cod PotsTorbay                       $8,000
Colin GreenhamPurchase Cod PotsPacquet                       $8,800
MI- CASD / Conche SeafoodsCod Pilot Project - Conche Year 2Conche                     $82,188
Philip FoleyPurchase Cod PotsConche                       $5,280
Ben FoleyPurchase Cod PotsConche                       $5,280
Rick BreenCod Pot ProjectCoachman’s Cove$11, 675
Jamie BreenPurchase Cod PotsFleur de Lys                     $11,675
Harrison CampbellPurchase Cod PotsPinsent’s Arm                       $6,800
Boyd RusselPurchase Cod Pots for the Stewardship Cod FisheryPort Hope Simpson                       $8,000
Clayton CurlPurchase Cod Pots for the Stewardship Cod FisheryPort Hope Simpson                       $8,000
Clifford RusselPurchase Cod Pots for the Stewardship Cod FisheryWilliams Harbor$8,000
Stanley TatchellPurchase Cod PotsCastor River North                       $7,040
John BrazilPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsRenews                       $6,778
Brothers Five Fisheries Ltd.Equip Vessel for Cod FisheryCape Broyle                       $8,351
Quinlan Brothers Ltd.Automatic Jiggers and Cod PotsBay de Verde                     $57,780
Clyde PenneyPurchase Cod PotsBonavista                       $8,400
Wayne MorganPurchase Cod PotsPort de Grave                       $8,000
Neil SheehanPurchase Jigging Reels and Insulated TubsCappahayden                     $13,266
Michael EmberleyPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Cod PotsHarbour Grace                     $11,520
Glen CranePurchase Cod PotsPort de Grave                       $4,080
Kelvin HaydenPurchase Automatic JiggersCape Broyle                     $15,491
Barry MelindyPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsLumsden                       $6,864
Gary HannPurchase Cod PotsSpaniard’s Bay                       $8,000
Anthony ButtPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsPinware                     $16,250
Carl HedderonPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsNoddy Bay$9,447
Gary HydePurchase Cod Pots, Automatic Jiggers, and TubsBay de Verde                     $14,165
Ronnie BidgoodPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsFerryland                     $20,100
Matt CorcoranTesting Cod Pots in St. Mary’s BaySt. Mary’s                       $8,800
Dion ChaulkCod Pots, Insulated Tubs, and Vessel RenovationsCharlottetown                       $8,000
Anthony MeadePurchase Automatic JiggersFerryland                       $5,578
Craig RyanPurchase Automatic Jiggers and Cod PotsLa Scie                     $14,080
Clifford DonovanPurchase Cod PotsConception Bay                       $8,800
Robert DonovanPurchase Cod PotsConception Bay                       $8,800
Walter DroverPurchase Cod PotsConception Bay                       $8,800
Dominic DonovanPurchase Cod PotsConception Bay                       $8,800
Anthony DoylePurchase Automatic Jiggers and Insulated TubsBay de Verde                     $14,099
Bill TremblettPurchase Automatic JiggersFermeuse                       $8,756
James DugganPurchase Cod PotsGrates Cove                       $8,800
Jeffrey PowerPurchase Automatic JiggersFermeuse                       $5,920
MUN - Ocean SciencesCleaner Fish Project - Phase 3Logy Bay                     $85,000
Sunrise Fish FarmsInnovative Mussel Seed Grading SystemPort Anson                     $43,000
NAIAConsideration of Automated Rainfall Data ProjectRobert’s Arm$17,753
Merasheen Oyster FarmsTransition to Commercial ProductionMerasheen Island                     $50,000
Badger Bay Mussel FarmMarketing Organic Mussels in Northeast USAUSA                     $50,400
Norlantic Processors Ltd.Branding ProjectPleasantview                     $14,985
Triton Ocean Products Ltd.Marinated MusselsTriton                     $80,000
Barry Group Inc.Atlantic Salmon ProcessingHarbour Breton                   $100,000
Dandy Dan’s Fish MarketPurchase a Multivac T300 MachineArgentia                     $72,890
HSF Ocean Products Ltd.On-Shore Processing of Icelandic ScallopsO’Donnell’s                         $100,000
SPONLDevelop A Promotional Information PackageProvince Wide$19,320
Fogo Island Co-Operative SocietyMarketing Frozen Cod Products to QatarQatar                     $39,720
WWF CanadaFisheries Improvement ProjectNAFO 2J3KL                   $100,000
MI - CASDPrimeFish Canada - Year 3St. John's                     $97,422
FSSSBRevitalizing the Cod Industry through Education and Quality EnhancementProvince Wide                     $74,726
FFAWMitigation of European Green Crab in Fortune Bay Fortune Bay                     $55,627
SPONLConduct a Technical Evaluation of the Inshore Atlantic Halibut FisheryProvince Wide                     $19,695
FFAWHarvesting the Potential of 3N0 Whelk - Year 23N0                     $45,000
MI - CASDSunwell Deep Chill Ice Slurry AssessmentSt. John's                 $79,975
MI - CFER / Fogo Island Fish Inc.Assessing Seasonal Patterns of Northern CodFogo                  $96,629
Total Approved$1,788,031

2017 09 11                              1:55 p.m.