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CCFI is a facilitator for innovation in the seafood industry. We work with stakeholders across the country and with various sizes and types of operations, including harvesting, processing, and aquaculture. Our goal is to help all innovators and problem solvers enhance Canada's place as a world leader in the burgeoning Blue Economy.



Canada's harvesting sector has thrived for over 200 years; operating off the coasts of a country that has the longest coastline in the world and some of the most plentiful freshwater resources.


Today, more than half the world seafood is produced from sea farming. Global aquaculture production reached a record 122.6 million tonnes, with a total value of $281.5 billion


Seafood processing in Canada takes place mostly in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, contributing nearly $2B in economic activity to the Atlantic region and supporting nearly 25,300 jobs.


Keith Hutchings: CCFI Can Assess Seal Impact on Cod Stocks

The CCFI can provide the expertise needed to evaluate the effect of seals on fish stock recovery. This knowledge is crucial to inform conservation and management strategies that are designed to ensure sustainable fishing practices.

Evaluating Diver-Assisted Sea Urchin Harvesting Technology

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation has approved a partnership with Miawpukek Horizon Maritime Services to evaluate the C Robotics' diver-assisted C Disc technology for sea urchin harvesting.

CCFI Collaboration for Sustainable & Safe Harvesting Gear

CCFI advanced over 20 research projects in 2022 to promote beneficial innovations in harvesting, processing, and aquaculture sectors, including projects aimed at improving the sustainability, safety and success of harvesting efforts on the water.
Keith Hutchings, Managing Director Email: Keith.Hutchings@mi.mun.ca Cell: (709) 631-3609
Janet Kielly, Office Manager Email: Janet.Kielly@mi.mun.ca Office: (709) 778-0515