Monday, April 15, 2013: Fisheries science and research initiatives are key investments in Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future. The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, highlighted over $2 million being provided to the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research and other cod recovery and fisheries science initiatives.
“Our government believes that an ongoing commitment to fisheries science and research is extremely important,” said Minister Dalley. “The Provincial Government will continue to make strategic investments to grow and diversify the economy. Budget 2013 maintains our commitment to the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, in particular the ongoing work of Dr. George Rose and his team aboard the RV Celtic Explorer, and funding for other important science-related initiatives. These investments will help preserve and expand an industry that is vital to many communities throughout the province.”
Glenn Blackwood, Vice President of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, was pleased with the emphasis on fisheries science and research in Budget 2013.
“The Provincial Government’s continued support for the advancement of the Fisheries and Marine Institute in the global oceans sector has enabled our Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research to become the largest university based at-sea fisheries ecosystems research unit in Canada,” said Mr. Blackwood. “The centre mentors future generations in fisheries science and plays a significant role in better understanding our changing ocean environment. The Provincial Government’s support has been essential to our development.”
The managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, Robert Verge, also noted the value of the Provincial Government’s financial commitment for the coming year.
“We certainly need to understand what is happening to our ecosystem and our fish resources to ensure the product we harvest and process is used for the benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Mr. Verge. “We believe there is a bright future for the seafood industry and will continue working to help create that future. Over the past three and a half years, the centre has used Provincial Government funding to initiate or support projects valued at $24 million. We thank the Provincial Government for the additional contribution for the coming year and we will ensure it is used wisely to help build the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery.”
Since the inception of both the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, the Provincial Government has invested almost $15 million toward both initiatives. More information on these and other seafood-related initiatives is available at www.fishaq.gov.nl.ca.
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