Fisheries and Aquaculture
June 11, 2009
Site Clearing to Begin for Aquaculture Facility at St. Alban�s
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is moving forward with
building an aquatic animal health laboratory and aquaculture
administration facility at St. Alban�s, on the province�s south coast.
It is estimated that the cost of the facility will be $7.2 million. The
facility is expected to house 10 staff, including development and
inspection personnel, as well as aquatic health staff and veterinarians.
Construction will begin in the fall of 2009.
�We are pleased to report that tenders for site preparation have been
called and a tender for construction of the building will be published
in August,� said the Honourable Tom Hedderson. �A modern aquatic health
laboratory is required to support our province�s growing aquaculture
industry and meet the need created by increasing levels of production.�
The province�s aquaculture industry has experienced rapid growth in
response to the high level of investment by the Williams Government. The
total value of the province�s aquaculture industry almost doubled from
$33.6 million in 2005 to $63.3 million in 2008. The production value has
increased from 8,200 metric tonnes in 2005 to 11,600 metric tonnes in
2008. The industry is expected to reach 50,000 metric tones of
�The rapid pace of industry growth increases the requirement for
laboratory testing right here in the province,� said Minister Hedderson.
�As well, federal and provincial regulation and academic testing
requirements all mean there is a need for enhanced aquaculture health
services in the province.�
At present, the Provincial Government does not have in-house capacity
for various testing procedures. This makes it more difficult to get test
results in a timely manner. This facility will support the development
of a more competitive and viable aquaculture industry in the province.
�I am absolutely thrilled with the commencement of this new aquaculture
facility at St. Alban�s,� said Tracey Perry, MHA for Fortune Bay-Cape La
Hune. �It will generate new economic and employment growth in the area,
while helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of our aquaculture
AE Consultants were awarded a contract by the Department of
Transportation and Works after a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI).
They produced a design and development report that was submitted to
government. CBCL has been hired as the mechanical and electrical
subcontractor. As well, laboratory design and biosecurity specialists
were engaged by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to enable
the department to meet International Standards Organization and Canadian
Food Inspection Agency accreditation standards.
The site has been selected and the land surveyed by the St. Alban�s
municipal council. It will cover 1.2 hectares in total. The facility
will be 1,100 square metres.
�This new aquaculture infrastructure will ensure increased expansion of
the province�s growing industry and enable it to become more competitive
in attracting international investment,� said Minister Hedderson. �This
facility will enable us to ensure that farmed seafood from the province
remains in the healthiest state possible, while protecting our marine
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Lori Lee Oates
Director of Communications
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Government Members' Office
2009 06 11