(St. John’s, NL; January 20, 2015)The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the former Canadian Coast Guard vessel Shamook, after 35 years in service, was purchased from DFO for $50,000 by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. This vessel, which was formally used for fisheries research, will now serve as an educational tool at the specialized Institute.

In a release announcing the vessel’s new owners, Minister Shea is quoted as saying, “The Shamook was a valued resource during its many years of service… as a fisheries research vessel. I am pleased that the vessel will continue to be used for educational purposes at its new home port.”

The price was set in accordance with the Treasury Board Directive on the disposal of surplus material which gives the minister the authority to authorize a direct sale,which is less than market value, because the sale serves the public interest more than a sale open to the public.

In 2012, the CCGS Shamook was decommissioned and replaced by the modern CCGS Vladykov. The Marine Institute subsequently chartered the Shamook for two consecutive year-long agreements and determined it to be a suitable multi-purpose training platform for its students.

Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute) is quoted in the same release as saying, “The Shamook has been a familiar sight along the Newfoundland and Labrador coast. The opportunity to have her serve as a training and a near-shore project support vessel for our students, researchers and crew suits the Marine Institute perfectly.” 

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