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Canada allocates funds for fish packing and processing plant in Saskatchewan

FBR Staff Writer Published 31 July 2015

The government of Canada is investing in a new fish packing and processing facility in the northern village of Ile-a-la-Crosse in northwest Saskatchewan.

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The project is part of an effort to meet increasing consumer demand for fresh wild-caught fish nationally and internationally.

The existing Ile-a-la-Crosse facility currently sources fresh caught fish from local fishers and sends them to Freshwater Fish Marketing (FFMC) to process and distribute.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)-certified facility will will be designed to process increasing amount of fish delivered by local and regionally-based fishers. It will introduce new products, including northern pike roe and deboned northern pike fillets, which will be exported to new international markets.

Member of Parliament for Desnethe Rob Clarke said: "The fishing industry is a traditional cultural practice and is a key part of the economy in Northern Saskatchewan.

"Our Government is proud to support the construction of this new facility that will increase the sustainability and economic success of Saskatchewan's northern communities."


Image: The project will help serve increasing consumer demand for fresh wild-caught fish nationally and internationally. Photo: courtesy of Stoonn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.