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Provincial Government Helping to Shellfish Aquaculture in Notre Dame Bay

Merasheen Oyster Farms Inc. is set to grow and expand its operations one year after the official launch of the first commercially cultivated oyster in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The company is adding production to Notre Dame Bay. Owner Juan Roberts, the only oyster farmer in the province, says the move is expected to result in a higher-quality product. The shallower, warmer waters of Notre Dame Bay are likely to speed up the usual five-year growing process – resulting in a better oyster product reaching markets more quickly.

The Provincial Government’s non-repayable $248,608 contribution will assist with oyster cultivation research in Notre Dame Bay using specialized equipment, such as the Floating Upweller System, and dedicated oyster growth cages. This support will help the company continue its growth and development in a very competitive marketplace.


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