Clean tech funding for BC fisheries and aquaculture projects
The Government of Canada announced funding of over $5.4 million from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support 36 projects that are contributing to clean economic growth in British Columbia.
The Province of British Columbia also announced a contribution of over $785,000 in funding towards these projects.
The 36 projects will help fisheries and aquaculture businesses adopt greener practices that will upgrade waste/wastewater treatment facilities, increase energy efficiency, create more reliance on green energy such as solar, upgrade sonar, decrease reliance on Styrofoam and reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
“As we work to strengthen Canada’s blue economy, sustainability must underpin all our investments and actions,” Bernadette Jordan, Minister, Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. “Through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program, we’re helping our partners in British Columbia implement more sustainable practices, and therefore become more competitive in their markets. These are good, long-term investments that will help Canada’s seafood sector employ more people and generate more revenue for decades to come.”
Commercial fisheries and aquaculture sectors contribute approximately $4.5 billion annually in gross domestic product and provide thousands of jobs across the country.