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The Government of Canada is helping Quebec fisheries and aquaculture businesses improve environmental sustainability and business results

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By Milthon Lujan

Rivière-au-Renard, Canada.- Investments in clean technology for fish harvesters and aquaculture farms in Quebec help make them more sustainable and competitive.

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Today, the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced nearly $620,000 in federal funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP) to support clean economic growth in the Gaspe peninsula and Magdalen Islands.

FACTAP provides $20 million over four years to help businesses incorporate new, clean technologies into their day-to-day operations, accelerating the use of more sustainable and efficient tools, practices and techniques.

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Today’s investment will support five projects in the Gaspe peninsula and the Magdalen Islands:

– Pêcheries Oneil Bond will receive $336,803 to install a system that will reduce the incidental catch of juvenile groundfish in the northern shrimp fishery;

– Fermes Marines du Québec will receive $120,947 to install new high-efficiency geothermal heat pumps, allowing the company to reduce carbon emissions and its ecological footprint by disposing of propane boilers;

– Pêcheries Vincent Dupuis will receive $65,876 to purchase eight-sided trawl nets which will help to reduce fuel use and associated carbon emissions;

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– Pêcheries Dan Cotton will receive $52,810 to install sonar on a pelagic trawl to improve fuel economy and reduce sea-floor impacts from redfish fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; and

– Les Huîtres Old Harry Inc. of Grosse-Île will receive $42,977 to replace a gas-powered barge-style craft with an electric one that aims to operate with 0% carbon emissions.

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The projects receiving funding today will help fisheries and aquaculture businesses adopt greener practices to improve their energy efficiency and reduce bycatch and carbon emissions.

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