Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Meeker's Aquaculture - Manitoulin District

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David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Mike Meeker

David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Mike Meeker

Winters in Ontario can be a challenge, but Meeker's Aquaculture has found a way to keep ice damage at bay. They've modified a commercial cage system for their fish farm that can be lowered by a pulley-system below the ice. It eliminates the risk of wind- driven ice movements that destroy fish cages and cause economic and environmental losses for farmers. The new system can be lowered in two hours and remain three to four feet under the ice surface for up to 28 days, with no damage or loss of fish. It has been adopted by other fish farms and influenced the manufacture and design of new cage systems. This innovative solution is casting a wider net of opportunity for cage fish expansion into Lake Huron and other areas where ice damage would normally be prohibitive.

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