On September 26, 2017, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by members of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA), Ministers of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs, community, academic and business leaders, and high school and university students for the launch of 28 actions that will promote new careers and bright futures in sustainable aquaculture development. This announcement was made at the Aquaculture Industry Summit in Gander, NL.
The Provincial Government and NAIA share a goal to grow salmon production to 50,000 metric tonnes annually, and grow mussel production to 10,750 metric tonnes annually. In achieving these targets, the number of year-round jobs supported by aquaculture will more than double, from 1000 to 2100. In addition to pursuing positive employment and economic outcomes, the Provincial Government is also placing priority on increasing provincial food self-sufficiency and leveraging the world class training provided to students of the Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University.
As part of The Way Forward vision, the Provincial Government is directly engaging the aquaculture, agriculture, and technology sectors to address industry needs in ways that result in new employment and economic activity throughout the province.