Canada is investing more than $1.7 million into six projects that will help further expand seafood exports to international markets.
The country’s fish and seafood sector generates $8.7 billion worth of quality seafood exports annually.
“With strategic investments for organizations to promote our seafood products internationally, our Government is contributing to growing our economy while putting nutritious food on tables,” said Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau.
The six recipients of the funds (in CAD dollar) under the AgriMarketing Program are:
· Atlantic Groundfish Council will receive up to $85,506
· Canadian Association of Prawn Producers will receive up to $1,000,000
· Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation will receive up to $54,401
· Canadian Pacific Kazunoko Association will receive up to $451,061
· Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association will receive up to $81,444
· Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association will receive up to $105,431
“Families rely on sustainable Canadian seafood as a source of healthy protein. I am focused on growing Canada’s fish and seafood sector for the next generation. The AgriMarketing Program will provide the Canadian seafood industry with the tools it needs to promote Canada’s high-quality products to reach new global markets and support a stable food supply for the world,” says Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Meanwhile, the farmed salmon industry is still waiting for Murray’s decision whether she will renew the 79 salmon farming licenses that are expiring next month.