(Holyrood, NL; 10 July 2014) The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), today visited the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Holyrood Marine Base, which is developing into a world leader in oceans-related research, thanks in part to past Government of Canada investments totaling close to $1.4 million.

“Our Government is committed to supporting initiatives that help stimulate economic growth and long-term prosperity, especially in our rural communities,” said Moore. He pointed out that the Government of Canada is supporting the Marine Institute in its efforts to continue to develop the Holyrood Marine Base into a world-class ocean technology research facility, which, he said, “is playing a key role in advancing the province’s ocean technology sector, as well as fostering economic development in the Town of Holyrood and throughout the region.”

Minister Moore was joined by Marine Institute representatives on a tour of the facility’s workshops, research labs and wharf facilities, and was given the opportunity to view innovative equipment and technologies. In addition to learning about the training and research activities taking place at the facility, Minister Moore was also informed of plans for future projects to continue to build the Marine Institute’s capacity in marine research and training.

The Holyrood Marine Base supports the Marine Institute’s at-sea research and training priorities and those of the broader Memorial University of Newfoundland community, which are primarily related to ocean science, ocean technology, ocean observation and the marine ecosystem. The marine base is also a platform for industry to test and demonstrate their innovative products and complete ocean-related research. As well, the base is providing opportunities for local, national and international researchers, entrepreneurs and companies to avail of its unique expertise and facilities.

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Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Julie Afonso
Acting Director, Public Afairs