May 9, 2002
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Although aquaculture in the province is best known for growing salmon and shellfish, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture as been supporting Haddock research for the past seven years.
"The good news is the survival rate in the hatchery is now at an acceptable level for a commercial operation," Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Rodney Weston said.
With the collaboration of the Research and Productivity Council and the Marine Product Research Development Centre, extensive research has been done at the Aquarium et Centre Marin in Shippagan where innovative techniques have been developed to produce better live feeds and to reduce the cost of production and the number of mortalities.
"In the April edition of the Northern Aquaculture magazine, it was reported that Heritage Salmon are moving the haddock projects from research to commercialization," Weston said. "The 2002 haddock year-class have been put in the company's book as a line item."
Almost 200,000 haddock juvenile were produced at the Aquarium et Centre Marin and transferred to Heritage Salmon in the last five years," the minister said. "Last year alone, 114,000 haddock juveniles produced in Shippagan were transferred to the Heritage Fairhaven site off Dear Island for growout trials. As a result, Heritage Salmon plans to send about 80,000 pounds to market this year.
"We can be proud of the research team at the Aquarium et Centre Marin," Weston said. "Dr. Chris Frantsi from Heritage Salmon says our own Aquarium et Centre Marin is the world leader in Haddock rearing at the hatchery level."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.