Grand Bank District MHA Darin King has confirmed $75,500 in funding has been approved to assist Ocean Choice International in St. Lawrence.
Funding for OCI St. Lawrence
The government funding will allow for the purchase and installation of a ‘Refrigeration Control System’.
Mr. King recognized OCI “for its commitment to pursuing innovation in its business practices and that our government was able to assist through our Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program (FTNOP).”
The primary objective of the FTNOP is to provide support for harvesting, processing, aquaculture development, and marketing initiatives in order to diversify and increase the overall viability of the provincial seafood industry.
The MHA insisted “The fishery continues to be the backbone of our communities, and I want to reassure the people I represent that I will continue working to create and sustain jobs in the fishery that will benefit all communities.”
Mayor Paul Pike agreed “This facility has sustained employment in our community for a number of years. Our fish plants sustainability is essential for the future of our town.”
Mr. King suggested the Fisheries Roundtable he hosted in December, where over 30 people participated from throughout the District, was an opportunity to engage stakeholders from the fishery and identify important issues to now him to continue to make representation to both DFO and DFA in an effort to make positive changes.
Since 2007, the provincial government has invested over $700,000 through FTNOP geared to reopening the Fortune plant, expanding operations at the St. Lawrence plant with a cannery and sea cucumber processing, and expanding operations at Clearwater in Grand Bank with capelin roe (masago) processing.