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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