Connaigre Fish Farms Inc. on the province’s south coast has received $33,367 from the provincial government to develop deep water mussel socking and harvesting technology.
Mussels grown and harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The equipment is hoped to streamline the process of handling mussels in deep water.
“We are continuously improving operations at our mussel farms to give our clients the best product possible,” said Job Halfyard, CEO and president of Connaigre Fish Farms Inc.
“With these advances, we expect to achieve greater efficiency and output.”
A news release notes that in order to farm mussels successfully on the south coast of the province, farmers must grow mussels in deeper water than farms in other areas of the province. This led to Connaigre Fish Farms developing a deep water conveyor system to facilitate growing and harvesting mussels. The equipment will make operations substantially more efficient by increasing the speed and consistency of the entire process.
The company is expected to be able to increase its annual production from approximately 500,000 pounds to between three million and five million pounds.
Connaigre Fish Farms operates two mussel sites on the Connaigre Peninsula. The two sites have a total 457 hectares of available growing space.