Sept. 26, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Ronald Ouellette, minister of agriculture and aquaculture, will participate in a fact-finding mission on aquaculture in Norway and France from Sept. 30 to Oct.8.
Norway and France are among world leaders in finfish and shellfish aquaculture, respectively.
"This mission gives us the opportunity to be proactive by participating in discussions on the future of aquaculture, acquiring information on market trends and observing the latest developments in alternative species for aquaculture," Ouellette said.
While in Norway, Ouellette will participate in AquaVision 2008, an aquaculture business conference that will bring together executives and professionals, politicians and regulators, investors and other stakeholders from all over the world. The agenda of the conference, held in Stavanger, is to shape strategies for tomorrow's aquaculture and supply of farmed seafood.
Ouellette will meet with officials from the Canadian Embassy and the Canadian Consulate in Norway. He will also visit several aquaculture operations and research facilities involved in rearing salmon, halibut and cod in and around Bergen, Norway. The New Brunswick Salmon Growers Association, as well Cooke Aquaculture and Skretting North will participate in the Norwegian portion of the mission.
The second part of the mission will take place in southwestern France, where Ouellette will be exposed to the challenges and opportunities of the French oyster aquaculture industry. In addition to meeting with local officials, the minister will visit commercial and research facilities located in the two important production areas of Étang de Thau and Bassin d'Arcachon.
New Brunswick is the second-largest aquaculture producer in Canada, generating an estimated $360 million worth of value-added products and supporting 4,500 direct and indirect jobs in the province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.