BAIE-DE-BOUCTOUCHE – The provincial government has released the New Brunswick Shellfish Aquaculture Development Strategy 2017-2021.

“The sustainable development of shellfish aquaculture is a priority and this strategy combines respect for the environment with job creation,” said Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. “The shellfish aquaculture sector is a growth opportunity for coastal and First Nations communities.”

The strategy provides continuity from earlier strategies. Its primary objective is an annual increase of 10 per cent in the number of oysters produced. This would represent a total of 30 million oysters for consumption, $12 million in farm gate sales, and $6.4 million in exports in 2021.

The strategy provides the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries with an action framework for shellfish aquaculture over the next four years.

“Our government is listening to New Brunswickers. We are focused on their priorities and we are delivering results,” said Doucet. “We are making decisions that will positively impact on these priority areas and create a better quality of life for everyone who lives, works and raises a family in this province.”

Steady growth in the sector would present a significant opportunity for existing entrepreneurs and newcomers.

“The industry offers a unique opportunity for New Brunswick First Nations located in coastal communities,” said Indian ...

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