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Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program Overview

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The primary objective of the program is to provide support for harvesting, processing, and marketing initiatives in order to diversify these activities and increase the overall viability of the Newfoundland and Labrador seafood industry. This program is intended to aid the provincial fishing industry become more innovative and competitive, while building a safer and more stable foundation. These initiatives will help ensure the Newfoundland and Labrador seafood industry continues to be a major economic contributor to the provincial economy.

The focus of the program is research and environmentally sustainable fisheries development work in the harvesting and processing sectors with emphasis on more efficient utilization of traditional species, better use of under-utilized species and enhanced value-realization of all fisheries resources. Emphasis will also be placed on recovery of raw material wastage and reduced discarding of fishery by-products as well as research on ways to improve quality and reduce operating expenditures, such as increasing fuel efficiency, in order to increase returns to the industry. Market research, development and promotion will be undertaken in support of the various initiatives as well as safety initiatives.

The key components of the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program Overview are resource assessments, harvesting technology and innovation, processing technology and innovation, product development and market development. The department supports projects that contribute to the processing, harvesting and marketing sectors.

Project Summaries & Fact Sheets

News Releases about FTNOP

2015 Press releases

February 18, 2015
Codroy Seafoods Inc. Receives $12,180 to Support New Marketing Initiatives

January 8, 2015
Fogo Island Co-Operative Society Receives $54,810 to Install New Sanitation System

2014 Press releases

December 10, 2014
Icewater Seafoods Inc. Receives $200,000 to Enhance Cod Processing Facility

December 03, 2014
Quinlan Brothers Ltd. Receive $100,000 to Explore Energy Savings

November 21, 2014
Allen's Fisheries Receives Over $99,000 to Implement New Processing Technology

November 14, 2014
Mussel Farmers Receive $53,200 to Help Maintain Certifications

November 04, 2014
Bonavista OCI Plant Pursues Energy Savings with Provincial Government Support

October 10, 2014
Aquaculture Industry Receives more than $48,000 to Support Marketing Initiatives

September 24, 2014
Local Company Explores Economic Potential of Shell Waste with Provincial Government Support

September 17, 2014
Makkovik Fish Plant Explores Upgrades with Provincial Government Support

August 5, 2014
Shrimp Industry Produces Best Practices Booklet with $27,000 in Provincial Government Funding 

July 30, 2014
Codroy Seafoods Receives $100,000 to Enhance Lobster Operations

June 20, 2014
More than $18,000 Provided to Help Explore Opportunities in Bait Production  

January 24, 2014
More than $155,000 Provided to Help Processors Reduce Energy Costs  

January 16, 2014
Netukulimk Fisheries Limited Receives $15,342 to Pursue Vessel Efficiency

January 9, 2014
Barry Group Incorporated Explores International Markets with $22,980 from the Provincial Government

January 8, 2014
Marine Institute and Barry Group Continue Researching Shrimp Shell Potential with $100,000 from Provincial Government

2013 Press releases

December 5, 2013
Connaigre Fish Farms Incorporated Receives $33,367 to Develop Innovative Mussel Harvesting Equipment

December 12, 2013
More Than $19,000 Provided for Workshop on Sustainable Shrimp Technology

December 27, 2013
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation Receives $15,000 to Advance New Whelk Sorting Technology

February 20
New Project Evaluate Snow Crab Fishing Vessel Offloading

February 13
Fish Harvesting Research Exploring Environmentally Friendly Bottom Trawls

March 14
New Project to Explore Opportunities for Full Utilization of Capelin in Labrador

2012 Press releases

January 10
New Marketing Initiatives Undertaken with Funding from Provincial Government

February 23
Fish Oil Biodiesel Research Supported by the Provincial Government

April 4
Fisheries Innovation Funding Program Continues to Benefit Province

July 25
New Project to Remotely Detect Lost Crab Pots

September 4
New Funding Supports Barry Group to Explore New Seafood Marketing Opportunities

October 15
New Marketing Initiative Supported by Provincial Government

December 21
New Fisheries Opportunity for Yellowtail Flounder Announced

2011 Press releases

January 25
Energy Efficiency Audit to Assist Fish Harvesting Sector

January 26
Shrimp Shell Processing Facility to be Established with Support from Provincial Government

May 25
High-Pressure Seafood Processing Supported by Provincial Government

August 5
Seafood Processor Launching Value-Added Mussel Development Project

August 25
Research into Enhanced Production Practices Supported by Provincial Government

August 26
Turbot Hook and Line Research Funded Through Innovation Program

August 29
Economic Development Organizations Receive Funding for Whelk Research

August 31
Research into Lobster Processing Supported by Provincial Government

November 4
Seabed Mapping Efforts Funded Through Innovation Program

November 7
Company Enhances Promotion Through Fisheries Innovation Program

November 9
Exploratory Turbot Pot Fishery Funded Through Innovation Program

November 14
New Simulator Software Increases Safety for Fish Harvesters

December 15
Pilot Project Evaluates Snow Crab Production


2010 Press releases

January 20
Funding Provided for Marketing of Cooked and Peeled Shrimp

February 17
Provincial Government Funds Energy Efficiency Workshops for Fishing Industry

October 28
Provincial Government Supports Shrimp Fishery in Maintaining Stewardship Certification

November 1
Fishing Industry Standards Focus of New Project with Seafood Processors Association

November 12
Mackerel Fillets Project Creating New Opportunities in Seafood Processing Sector

November 24
Atlantic Saury Project Supported by Provincial Government

December 17
Development Project for Flying Fish Roe Assists Grand Bank Processing Facility


2009 Press releases

January 15
Provincial Fisheries Research and Development Program Works to Grow and Diversify Industry

February 4
Industry Stakeholders Come Together to Produce Video on Fishing Vessel Safety

February 9
Provincial Funding Provided for Mussel Packaging Project

February 12
Funding Provided For Sealing Industry Information Workshops

June 11
Whelk Processing and Market Development Project Funded in St. Lawrence

July 21
Province Funds Project to Develop a Sustainable Yellowtail Fishery

July 23
Provincial Government Provides $100,000 to Promote Deep Chill Shrimp Products

August 10
Provincial Government Supports Fishing Industry Energy Efficiency Initiatives

October 1
Province Supports Improved Marketing of Cod and Yellowtail

October 9
Whelk Fishery Supported by Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program


2008 Press releases

April 25
West Coast Company to Benefit from Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities

May 2
Provincial Government Supporting Exploration and Development of New Value-Added Mussel Products

May 5
More Than $263,000 Approved Under Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program

May 14
Ministerial Statement - More than $600,000 approved under Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program

July 16
Provincial Government Supporting Efforts to Reduce Energy Costs in Fish Processing Sector

July 21
Provincial Government Supporting Initiative to Reduce Processing Time in Pelagic Sector

July 30
Company to Assess New Opportunities for Ocean Perch with Provincial Funding

August 13
Funding Provided to FFAW for Lobster Resource Assessment

August 18
Shrimp Processing Project Helps to Develop Products for International Markets

September 17
Provincial Government Supports Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Initiative

October 21
Baited Cod Pot Fishery Project Completed on Fogo Island

October 23
Provincial Government Funds Project for Reduction of Halibut By-Catch

November 26
Lobster Hatchery Pilot Project Funded for Placentia Bay

December 15
Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program Funds Study of X-Ray Inspection Technology

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