R&D boost for Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector

Non-profit Canadian research centre Merinov has received a CA$500,000 (US$400,000) grant to conduct research and development on processing technologies in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The $503,132 funding granted through the Quebec Economic Development Program will help Merinov establish a method for assessing the shelf life of marine products, develop alternative bait for lobster fishing, assess the commercial potential of collagenase from snow crabs, test grinding and drying technologies for marine co-products to increase their stability, and develop a diagnostic consulting tool for the energy and environmental performance of processing plants.

Merinov is tasked with research and development, technology transfer, technical assistance, monitoring and succession-planning activities that contribute to the sustainable development and competitiveness of the fisheries and aquaculture industry and aquatic biomass valorisation.

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