Ensuring a Cold Harvest
Imagine being part of a profession that grows the rural economy.
The aquaculture industry continues to grow in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, accounting for over $92 million of the province’s $827 million fishery industry value in 2009. This industry is providing not only economic viability for many coastal communities but also a return to a treasured way of life. Safeguarding this industry is the aquatic animal health veterinary team who earnestly conducts rigorous biosecurity audits and frontline veterinary health work. If bacteria or parasites show up in testing, the aquatic animal health veterinary team works to find out what it is, where it came from, and quickly develops protocols for keeping it under control.
This work requires a vast repository of professional knowledge of each aquatic farm species - salmon, cod, mussels, scallops, steelhead trout and arctic char. The province is showing confidence in this industry by developing a multi-million dollar Centre for Aquaculture Health and Development in St. Albans. This relatively new industry is already gaining strength and helping to regenerate our rural diversity.