Fish plant to test latest steam cooking equipment

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Green Seafoods Limited in Winterton will install and test unique seafood processing equipment with the help of $72,582 in funding from the provincial government, it was announced today.

Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, said in a news release the funding comes through the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program. The project will examine the effectiveness of cooking and cooling equipment modified to achieve greater efficiencies.

The funding will support the design, plant modifications, and professional support services that will be required to integrate the equipment into the company’s plant.

 “The size of this equipment makes it easy to install it within our existing operations, and the daily start-up time is expected to be significantly reduced, which is much better from a cost perspective compared to our existing cooker,” said Derek Green, Owner of Green Seafoods Limited. “This will provide greater production flexibility in that we will now be able to produce more than one species in one day.”

Using the latest generation of steam cooking technology, the equipment double stacks snow crab, mussels, and whelk moving through the system, which significantly reduces length of the machinery compared to standard equipment.

Steam cooking is expected to achieve energy savings over the traditional immersion process by eliminating the need to preheat and maintain cooking water.

“With this project, the provincial government is investing more than $72,000 to determine if energy efficient equipment that can process multiple species can be altered so that it takes up considerably less space, as this would help seafood processors throughout the province integrate the machinery into their plants,” Hutchings said.

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