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Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund

Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund

Aquaculture Innovation Workshop (AIW) #6
Assessing the Technical, Biological and Economic Feasibility of Closed Containment Aquaculture” was held on October 27 and 28, 2014 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC.

The final program, participant list and the Workshop presentations have now been posted on the Tides Canada website in the Aquaculture Innovation Workshops and Reports section.

In 2010 Tides Canada established the Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund focused on advancing aquaculture solutions which protect wild salmon and the marine environment.

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote improvements in the biosecurity and environmental performance of the finfish aquaculture industry.

The Innovation Fund will achieve this objective by supporting research in B.C. into the following aspects of closed containment finfish aquaculture:

  • Biological factors affecting fish growth and welfare;
  • Technological innovations to optimize growing conditions, minimize costs of production, and maximize value of the waste stream;
  • Economic feasibility;
  • Environmental performance; and
  • Social impacts.

This work involves close collaboration with governments, industry, environmental organizations and First Nations to explore and advance the adoption of closed containment production systems as a means to foster protection of the environment and of wild salmon.

The $4.8 million Innovation Fund was made possible through the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a group of Canadian donors. Click here to learn more about how you can support the Innovation Fund.

Direct funding to projects located in B.C. is based upon the opportunity to match government and industry funding and the ability of the project to contribute to the research objectives of the Innovation Fund. An application is required and proposals will be evaluated by the Innovation Fund’s Donors Advisory Committee with support from the Technical Advisory Committee. For application information contact Catherine Emrick, Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation, Tides Canada.

In addition to providing direct funding to selected projects, the Innovation Fund is committed to providing technical, fish husbandry and project management training and mentoring support to projects under development in B.C. Tides Canada has contracted the Freshwater Institute, the leading research institution for recirculating aquaculture systems, for a three year period ending November 2013 to extend design and fish husbandry mentoring resources to stakeholders working to implement land-based closed-containment systems for salmon grow out in B.C. For more information on accessing this support contact Catherine Emrick or Steven Summerfelt, Director, Aquaculture Systems Research, The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute. For more information on our collaboration with the Freshwater Institute visit their website.

Tides Canada provides financial support and project management services to philanthropists, foundations, activists and civil organizations with the goal of supporting actions that foster a healthy environment and a just Canadian society. Essentially, Tides Canada creates opportunities to pool ideas and resources to effectively solve complex environmental and social problems.

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