Whole-facility sanitation technology that is new to the seafood processing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador will be installed at a processing plant on Fogo Island and tested by D-Tech, an Icelandic technology ocean cluster company. The initiative is being conducted in co-operation with Fogo Island Co-operative Society(FICS) with $55 thousand in assistance from the provincial government’s Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program.

FICS processes crab, shrimp, turbot, capelin, cod, sea cucumber, herring and mackerel at their processing facility. The Icelandic system is expected to achieve cost savings while performing in a more environmentally-friendly manner than standard equipment. This specific technology uses an air dispersion system that extends throughout the plant releasing a sanitising fog that eliminates bacteria.

Vaughn Granter, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced the deal on January 08,2015. He said the aim of the investment is to test new sanitation equipment that has the potential to help processors throughout the province lower costs, decrease chemical use and reduce water usage, while keeping their facilities clean and operational. 

“Investments like this make it easier for operators to assess new equipment, which in turn encourages innovation throughout the provincial seafood industry,” the minsiter said. The minister pointed out that the deal follows an initial investment of $6 thousand in 2013 to help FICS conduct research into innovative sanitation technologies available in Iceland and Ireland.

Philip Barnes, General Manager of Fogo Island Co-Op Limited said FICS strives to operate at peak efficiency and to use leading edge technology and production practices so that they “remain competitive in the global seafood industry.” he said that this technology goes a long way in helping  then achive their goals. “We thank the provincial government for their contribution to this new sanitation equipment, and look forward to installing and testing it.” 

This technology will be assessed while in operation during 2015 to determine if it could be beneficial to other processing facilities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Media contacts:

Jason Card Director of Communications Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture 709-729-3733, 699-0470 jasoncard@gov.nl.ca

Philip Barnes General Manager Fogo Island Cooperative Society 709-627-3452 fogoislandcoop@nf.aibn.com