(St. John’s, NL, January 14, 2014) The Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay will engage in Atlantic salmon aquaculture and climate change research to improve its ability to work with private sector partners and other industry stakeholders to collaborate and share research. New specialized machinery and equipment, purchased wioth the aid a of an investment by ACOA will allow the OSC to increase water temperatures and enhance seawater flow rates at its Logy Bay research facility.

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), today announced an investment of $110,000, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), that will allow the OSCat Memorial University of Newfoundland to enhance its capacity to respond to the needs of the provincial aquaculture industry.

In an official release the Minister is quoted as follows: “Our Government recognizes that science, technology and innovation help make our businesses more productive and competitive, thereby increasing exports and creating new and better paying jobs.  By enhancing the aquaculture R&D capacity of the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial University, we are supporting the fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as rural communities throughout the province.”

The release goes on to recognize that MUN has long been an active proponent of marine research and aquaculture research and development activity within the province. According to the release the OSC and its staff are recognized internationally for their ability to study cold-ocean organisms and for their contributions towards the development of various species that have the potential to become important to the province’s aquaculture industry. 

Dr. Kurt Gamperl,of MUN’s Department of Ocean Sciences is quoted as responding  to ACOA’s mpost recent funding for the OSC as follows: “This project will significantly enhance the OSC’s capacity to conduct world-class research that will benefit the aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s ability to manage and protect its commercially and ecologically important marine fish and invertebrate populations.”

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Contacts: Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Julie Afonso
Acting Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984