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NIC Receives NSERC Innovation Enhancement Grant

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced that North Island College was successful in its application for an Entry Level Innovation Enhancement (IE) grant to fund research into the utilization of hard seabed substrates in salmon aquaculture.

This grant is awarded under NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program. IE grants are designed to foster partnerships between colleges and the private sector that will lead to business innovation at the local, regional and national levels.  Specifically, this grant will build North Island College’s applied research and technology transfer capacity to support and collaborate with the Vancouver Island salmon aquaculture industry. The BC Salmon Farming Association (BCSFA) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have identified a need to strengthen capacity in monitoring of hard bed substrates where some fish farms are, or may, in the future, be located.  This project addresses two fundamental research issues of concern to fish farmers and regulators: 1) What are the significant ecological changes likely to occur at hard bottom sites associated with salmon farm operations?; and 2) What are the physical, biological and/or chemical habitat indicators and their threshold(s) at which significant negative macro-benthic changes occur?

For further information on applied research at North Island College, please visit www.nic.bc.ca/research.

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