Funding for the Ocean Supercluster is amazing news for Canada’s ocean economy and Atlantic Canada! We congratulate the consortium for putting together such a compelling proposal, and thank Minister Navdeep Bains for this investment by the Government of Canada.
Private and public-sector players have capitalized on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by joining together in a collective vision to triple the current value of the ocean economy in Canada by 2050. This investment will build on long-standing strengths and aims to create the world’s smartest and most innovative ocean economy.
The Ocean Supercluster’s master plan is comprised of five key pillars, including genomics – a powerful combination of genetics, biology and computer science which helps us understand the DNA code of every living thing. One of the most promising applications of genomics is in supporting various value chains within the Ocean Supercluster, such as: using microbial genomics to track the presence of petroleum deposits and reduce microbial-influenced corrosion of oil and gas pipelines; environmental genomics for monitoring around oil platforms and offshore tidal energy installations; enhanced fish health and nutrition for the aquaculture industry; developing elite Atlantic salmon broodstock to overcome the challenges posed by climate change; and identifying novel, renewable bio-resources.
Genome Atlantic is proud to be a partner in the Ocean Supercluster. By working together, across sectors and provinces, we will leverage this unprecedented investment into a thriving 21st century economy built on innovation and one of our biggest natural resources.
Steve Armstrong, PhD
President & CEO
Published in the Saint John Telegraph Journal, Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Moncton Times Transcript, Halifax Chronicle Herald, and St. John’s Telegram