Moncton, N.B. – New Brunswick’s oyster industry has received a funding boost.
In fact, seven projects connected to seven oyster companies in the province will benefit from a combined investment of $1.2 million.
According to the province, the shellfish industry in New Brunswick has seen significant growth over the last few years. The investment will support operational expansions, increased efficiencies, increased sales opportunities and productivity improvements.
“Our government’s support will help to ensure oyster cultivators in our region remain competitive and seize new business opportunities,” says Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Robert Goguen.
Goguen went onto say the investment will help communities sustain their industries and “achieve long-term prosperity.”
The seven oyster companies involved are:
• Acadian Bay Enterprises Inc. in Sainte-Anne-de-Kent
• Cape Oysters Ltd. in Dieppe
• Aquador Oysters Inc. in Aldouane
• R&D Shellfish Ltd. in Cocagne
• King Aquaculture Inc. in Richibucto-Village
• Mauril Bastarache in Bouctouche
• Norm’s Oyster Farm Ltd. also in Richibucto-Village
The way the funding breaks down is New Brunswick is contributing $377,247 through its Miramichi Regional Economic Development and Innovation Fund, while the federal government is providing repayable contributions totalling $893,456 through ACOA’s Business Development Program.
In 2013, New Brunswick produced 790 tons of farmed shellfish – 93.5 per cent included oysters valued at more than $5.6 million.
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