AANS Shellfish Infrastructure Development Program

What is it?

The AANS Shellfish Infrastructure Development Program is now available for Association shellfish members. Applications can be forwarded to projectmanager@seafarmers.ca, faxed to 902-422-6248, or mailed to the address provided on the form itself. Application forms are available below.

The AANS Shellfish Infrastructure Development Program is designed to assist shellfish farmers in Nova Scotia in expanding their operations and improving efficiencies and workplaces.

What types of funding are available?

The AANS Shellfish Infrastructure Development Program can provide up to 70% funding for projects that meet the criteria designated below. This funding is non repayable up to $99,900 across all categories. Sea Farmers are eligible to apply for the same category more than once, provided they are able to justify the need and how it fits their business growth strategy and the projects are distinct and not dependent on one another for success.

What projects are eligible for funding assistance?

There have been three categories defined based on pillars of quality and efficiency improvements that are central to the AANS Shellfish Infrastructure Development Project:

  1. Infrastructure to improve work efficiency
    E.g. workstation platforms, floating nursery systems, solar technologies, processing equipment, etc.
  2. Technologies to improve quality
    E.g. inventory tracking systems, insulated containers, farm management software, certification program applications, water quality sensors, graders, tumblers, etc.
  3. Infrastructure to improve capacity
    E.g. grow out gear, floating cages, ear hanging scallop systems, mussel socks, etc.

A member can apply for funding for a new project during each of the three years, but the previous project must be finished in order for a new application to be considered.

Who can apply?

This program is open to all shellfish farmers who meet the following qualifications:

  1. You have a shellfish lease within the province of Nova Scotia.
  2. You are a member in good standing with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Please be prepared to show information regarding your shellfish leases, sales, and related income business expenses if you plan to apply.

How do I apply?

Eligible shellfish farmers may apply either online or by filling out the form available below. The attached application will then be reviewed by the project committee. Upon review, the project committee may require additional information. If the provided space is not sufficient to explain the full breadth of the project, you are welcome to attach additional sheets to allow for a more thorough explanation.

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