The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) are pleased to
celebrate Aquaculture Week 2009, which runs from June 14 to 20. The week
includes a number of events such as the Second Annual Blue Mussel
Showcase in Green Bay.
"Our government has been very pleased to support the
growth of the province�s aquaculture industry through programs such as
the Aquaculture Working Capital Loan Guarantee Initiative and
Aquaculture Capital Equity Program," said the Honourable Tom Hedderson.
"We�ve also been pleased to work with NAIA as a partner in growing the
industry and on behalf of our government, I congratulate all the NAIA
members on another successful program of events for Aquaculture Week
The province�s aquaculture industry has experienced
rapid growth in response to the high level of investment by the Williams
Government since 2003. 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
in excess of 50,000 metric tones of production.
"The aquaculture industry is having a tremendous
impact on many rural communities throughout the province and this
government continues to demonstrate its commitment to the successful
development of our industry," said Jennifer Caines, President of NAIA.
"We have a common goal for Newfoundland and Labrador to be considered a
world leader in producing environmentally sustainable seafood of the
Aquaculture farms and production facilities in the
province employ more than 1,000 people and produce Atlantic salmon,
steelhead trout and blue mussels for markets throughout the world. The
number of people employed in the industry has almost doubled since 2005
and multiple spin-off benefits are being created everyday in relation to
aquaculture projects throughout the province.
"Our government has been pleased to fund a number of
projects that will develop the growing aquaculture industry," said
Minister Hedderson. "These include the new aquaculture facility and
animal health laboratory at St. Alban�s, dedicated aquaculture wharves
on the province�s south coast and the construction of waste-water
treatment facilities that are associated with seafood processing in the
province. This infrastructure will make it possible for the aquaculture
industry to continue growing and provide new opportunities in rural
areas of the province."
"My department is very pleased to have such a strong
aquaculture industry association in the province and very pleased to be
able to work so well with NAIA and its members," said the minister. "I
encourage everyone to get out for the Aquaculture Week events and again
I congratulate NAIA on another successful year."
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