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SYDNEY (NS) – December 29, 2010 – With support from the Government of Canada through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC), the Petit-de-Grat Campus of Université Sainte-Anne, in partnership with SRD International Ltd., is undertaking research to develop technology to transport live snow crab to market.
“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in innovation in order to enhance the competitiveness of our Atlantic Canadian industries,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “ECBC’s support of this collaborative research project involving the Université Sainte-Anne and SRD International supports the development of new and advanced approaches to the export of snow crab product with the objective of securing new customers and greater market share at home and abroad.”
This innovation project consists of two phases. The first involves equipping a commercial fishing vessel with a refrigerated sea water system to transport crab live to the wharf. The second is the development and testing of a carrying system that will enable the crab to be transported live to market.
ECBC is supporting this research project with a contribution of $149,600.
Canada is the world's largest supplier of snow crab with a landed value of over $500 million in 2009, however only 4% is sold as fresh product. The ability to transport live snow crab from the water to market represents a significant growth opportunity for fishers and the industry as a whole. Fresh product will attract a higher price resulting in increased profitability. It would also improve access to new and emerging markets worldwide.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.