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Sustainable Shrimp Technology Workshop Receives Funding

13 December 2013

CANADA - The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, a division within the Marine Institute, will organise a two-day workshop with C$19,941 of funding from the Provincial Government. The workshop, Technology in Support of a Sustainable Shrimp Fishery, will promote the use of ecologically-friendly approaches to shrimp trawling among harvesters by educating participants about recently developed technology.

Sustainability and innovation are vital to the future of the province’s fishing industry, including the shrimp harvest. The Provincial Government’s investment of more than C$19,000 will assist the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources with putting together a workshop to showcase new technologies that can enhance our approach to shrimp harvesting,” said Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Marine Institute has completed extensive research into innovative trawl designs in recent years with funding support from the Provincial Government’s Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Programme.

This includes designs that are more fuel efficient, twin trawls, and trawls designed to minimise contact with the seabed. This workshop will provide demonstrations of this new technology, and will encourage discussions about how new technology can help harvesters enhance their current practices.

“To continue to have a stable fishery in the future, we must look at the most sustainable methods of harvesting, and we need to make that knowledge accessible to harvesters. We would like to thank the Provincial Government for its support for this workshop and the ideas and education it will produce,” said Dr Paul Winger, Director, Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources.

Through sound fiscal management and responsible decisions, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is strengthening the business environment, encouraging the development of innovative industries, and building a vibrant economy.

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