The Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP) is a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)initiative to increase the level of collaborative research and development activity between the aquaculture industry and the department, and in some instances with other funding partners. ACRDP is an industry-driven program that teams industry with DFO researchers. Projects will be conducted at DFO Research facilities or possibly industry partner facilities. The program will allocate ACRDP funds to collaborative research projects that are proposed and jointly funded by aquaculture producer partners. ACRDP funding is approximately $4.5 million per year and will be subdivided regionally.The key goals of the program are to:
- Improve the competitiveness of the Canadian aquaculture industry;
- Increase collaboration between the department and industry on scientific research and development that will enhance aquaculture in Canada;
- Facilitate and accelerate the process of technology transfer and research commercialization through closer collaboration with the Canadian aquaculture industry; and
- Increase scientific capacity for essential aquaculture research and development in the aquaculture sector.
Eligible industry applicants are aquaculture producers operating within Canada who are directly involved in producing an aquatic species for pre-commercial or commercial purposes. Aquaculture production is defined as growing an aquatic species and further, that the aquaculture producer has ownership of the product or has an aquaculture license or lease to culture the product. Producers undertaking commercial or developmental production activities on existing or new aquaculture species or aquaculture companies or associations involved with sea ranching mariculture operations are eligible to apply. Industry producer associations or consortia of producers are also eligible to apply. Other aquaculture sector stakeholders are eligible to participate as a partner with an industry producer.
Source: ACRDP Program Website. For full program details, please view DFO’s ACRDP website and call Roberta at the BCSGA if you have any questions (250) 890 7561.