Building a sustainable lobster industry is essential to building Prince Edward Island’s economy and its global reputation for producing quality food. Across all sectors, clean growth means more and better-paying jobs, an improved environment and quality of life, and prosperity for all Canadians. The Government of Canada supports innovation in clean technologies for primary industries in Atlantic Canada.
Technology Developed in Prince Edward Island Will Support Growth Across Atlantic Canada
Today, the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, announced a federal investment of $340,000 to support Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) in the development of a hybrid diesel-electric fishing boat for inshore lobster fishing.
The announcement was made on behalf of the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
The project involved designing, manufacturing and testing a commercial-scale prototype that is now being showcased across the region. The initial units built by AKA will demonstrate to regional lobster fishers how the technology can reduce fuel costs as well as the carbon footprint of the inshore fleet. Aspin Kemp hopes to license this technology in other markets in Canada and abroad in the coming years.
Expanding the use of clean technologies is an important part of the Government of Canada’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth and plays a critical role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.