Gasp, QC – The federal government has awarded a total of $981,082 in non-repayable funding for four research and development projects in the fisheries and aquaculture industry.
The Cgep de la Gaspsie et des les will receive $448,500 in funding to set up a team of specialists charged with developing, adjusting and transforming fishing activities to help bring the industry to the forefront of technology. Three new jobs will be created to carry out this initiative.
The Socit de dveloppement de lindustrie maricole will receive $169,350 to retain the services of a mechanical engineer specialized in shellfish culture techniques, equipment and processes. With an already well-established track record, this expert will continue to guide enterprises in the sector through the various stages of projects aimed at better integrating new technologies into their operations and enhancing their productivity.
In addition, the Centre de transfert et de slection des salmonids (CTSS) will benefit from a total of $264,232 in funding over four years toward the establishment of a Quebec-based centre for research and development on genetic selection in freshwater fish. With overall investments totalling more than $1.8 million, this project will generate some 20 high-level positions for the conducting of research and transfer of knowledge to enterprises.
Lastly, the Universit du Qubec Rimouski will also receive a contribution of $99,000 over four years to conduct a research program on the development of clam culture.