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Six B.C. seafood companies to install clean technologies

Six companies in B.C.'s seafood sector will use funding from the federal government to install clean technologies that reduce their environmental impact


Ottawa – Fisheries and Oceans Canada is helping businesses in British Columbia go a little greener.

In a statement, the ministry announced funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program would be shared among six companies.

Terry Beech, member of Parliament and Parliamentary secretary to the minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, says in the statement that “strengthening our economy for the long-term will require us to be innovative in our approach to using our natural resources. These investments will help our fisheries and aquaculture industries further protect our environment, and become more sustainable, by adopting clean technology solutions.”

As listed in the statement, the companies are:

• Effingham Oysters Inc. will use the funds to install solar panels and energy storage batteries that will reduce diesel transport and consumption by two-thirds of its current use.

• Nova Harvest Ltd. will reduce propane use by 95 per cent by reclaiming heat from water outflows with a heat-pump.

• A new auxiliary engine and upgraded longline strengths at Salish Seas Fisheries will lead to reduced emissions and protect the environment by preventing the loss of hooks and lines at sea.

• Bee Islets Growers Corp. will replace Styrofoam floatation billets with high density polyethylene floatation billets. This will reduce the environmental impact and provide proof of technology for other aquaculture operators to transition to this cleaner form of floatation support.

• OM Harvesting Ltd. will use the funding to replace an outdated auxiliary boat engine. The new fuel efficient engine will result in fuel savings of 10 to 20 per cent while increasing dependability for operations in remote regions of the B.C. coast.

• West Coast Fishculture will convert a diesel engine, used to wash nets, to an electric engine and replace an old tugboat engine with a high efficiency engine, resulting in reduced emissions and fuel and energy use.

The government says the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program will provide up to $20 million over four years.

To apply for funding, click here.


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