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Canadian $29 million project to monitor fish health

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster presented the Ocean Aware project that will develop and commercialize world-class solutions for monitoring fish health, fish movement and the environment, and supporting both profitable and sustainable practices in the ocean.

Ocean Aware represents the first-of-its-kind collaboration across ocean sectors in fisheries, aquaculture, energy, shipping and ocean technology where the project team will develop world-leading aquaculture technology to monitor fish health, new approaches to stock assessment modeling and predictive fishing in the wild fishery, and innovative and increased capability to monitor marine life around fixed subsea structures. This will not only enable sustainable ocean growth but also disrupt competition on a global scale, position Canada as a leader, and help grow the economy and create new jobs.

With a total project value of $29 million, the Ocean Supercluster will provide $13.74 million in funding for the project, with $15.7M in funding coming from industry partners. Ocean Aware is led by Innovasea together with Emera, Nova Scotia Power, Ocean Choice International, Irving Shipbuilding, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies, Xeos Technologies, and with the support of the Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University, Fisheries Marine Institute of Memorial University, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and others.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster model that is driving cross-sectoral collaboration, accelerating innovation and growing Canada’s ocean economy. “With an innovative model for growth that reduces the risk for Canadian companies, we are increasing collaboration and data exchange across ocean sectors, creating a platform for the development for commercial, sustainable ocean solutions, building an inclusive and highly-capable workforce, and continuing to drive resiliency in our oceans,” the cluster said.

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