FLOWERS COVE, N.B. – The fish hatchery in Flowers Cove, N.B. is set to be renovated thanks to an investment of more than $575,000 under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which is aiming to provide more than $1 billion to create jobs and maintain employment in affected communities across Canada.
The invested money will allow the non-profit Flowers Cove Aquaculture Inc., to upgrade the existing fish hatchery, purchase specialized equipment, make land improvements as well as complete a fish habitat study. The hatchery will create two full-time positions as well as 10 seasonal jobs once it’s operational.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), was joined by Cameron MacDonald, president of Flowers Cove Aquaculture Inc., to make the announcement. “The Government of Canada, through the Economic Action Plan, is taking steps now to stimulate the economies of communities hit hard by the economic slowdown,” said Minister Ashfield. “Our investment is helping Flowers Cove Aquaculture Inc. revitalize this fish hatchery so it can resume raising fish for the benefit of the entire region.” Said MacDonald, “The Board of Directors and I are very pleased to be able to get the Flowers Cove fish hatchery up and running once again. Thanks to the support from ACOA, our organization will soon be using this valuable community asset to raise trout and salmon to help restock rivers, streams and lakes throughout the region.”
Funding for this project was provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF).