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Aquaculture and wine industries host Nova Scotia politician

Salmon farms were situated in both the open ocean, and in sheltered bays, each subject to varying tidal flows, and in depths of 150 metres or more.

Canada: Canada isn't exactly a major player on the global wine scene, but that doesn't stop them blowing their own trumpets on their travels.

Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Keith Colwell​ visited Marlborough last week on a fact-finding mission of the region's fish farming and wine industry.

Colwell is the longest serving politician, with 20 years' service, in the Nova Scotia parliament.

Nova Scotia was producing award-winning sparkling wine which was drawing favourable comments from winemakers in France, Colwell said.

"One of our sparkling wines was recently judged ahead of French wines of similar grape variety," he said.

The province, the second smallest in Canada with a population of 900,000 people, had a long history of growing grapes but a very small growing area with only 243 hectares of vineyards, he said.

The industry had been rebuilt and in the last three years exports had doubled to $6 million a year.

"There was potential to grow up to 10 times more grapes but the season, which varies anytime between April and November, is short and weather dependent."

Overall Nova Scotia was one of Canada's biggest exporting provinces with a total value of goods leaving the country valued at $1.7 billion, he said.

Colwell said the province's aquaculture industry accounted for $60m to $100m in exports and was targeted to grow to $300m to $500m annually.

"That's not bad for a tiny province," he said.

The province farmed steelhead trout, Atlantic salmon, blue mussels and oysters.

A visit to mussel farms and processing plants in the Marlborough Sounds had impressed him, he said.

"New Zealand has a fantastic mussel industry operation from the places we saw."

However, strict regulations might limit access of greenshell mussels being exported to Nova Scotia, he said.

"We would certainly look at importing New Zealand mussels, in exchange exporting our own seafood to here in a joint partnership deal.

"It provides a good opportunity for us to work with officials here."

Colwell said salmon farming in Nova Scotia was dealing with similar environmental issues confronting New Zealand farms.

"We have issues surrounding sediment on the sea floor.

"To try and overcome the amount of sediment left on the sea floor, the farms are required by law to move sites annually."

Salmon farms were situated in both the open ocean, and in sheltered bays, each subject to varying tidal flows, and in depths of 150 metres or more.

"It comes down to the strength of the tidal flow, how often the farms are moved."

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/89072642/aquaculture-and-wine-industries-host-nova-scotia-politician

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