September 28, 2010: Markham, ON – Through the first Canadian partnership to manufacture and develop renewable energy power plants, ESEI Solar and Solar Source Corporation are set to transform the global energy industry.

With a pipeline of residential and commercial power plants, this partnership is expected to build 100 MW of capacity over 5 years. Following quickly on Solar Source Corporation’s (SSC) announcement to build a 120 MW capacity panel manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario, the company recognized the need to find a strong and innovative partner to expand beyond its current capabilities.  SSC needed an organization that could manage all of the aspects of small to large solar PV projects; from design, installation to monitoring and maintenance.

“The ESEI team has their eye on the future, and their feet planted firmly in today, managing the industry as a whole, not just at the panel level.  ESEI thought beyond programs and government incentives which is what makes them a global industry player.  We want to partner with that type of thinking – so we chose ESEI Group,” says Ross Beatty, President of Solar Source Corporation.

ESEI Solar, a line of business of ESEI Group, has a full offering of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services and a team of experts that support projects across several industry verticals. Recognized by the Ministry of International Trade Development, ESEI Solar is also stretching across the globe with partnerships in Germany, Spain, and India.

The partnership between ESEI Solar and Solar Source Corporation will support the Green Energy Act’s goal of creating green-collar jobs. Solar Source’s manufacturing plant will employ in excess of 200 people, while ESEI Solar’s new Windsor office will add even more jobs to the region.

About ESEI Group

ESEI Group manages several lines of renewable energy infrastructure businesses, such as ESEI Solar, ESEI Soft, ESEI Power and ESEI Tech. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario with regional offices in Belleville, Ottawa and Sarnia, and global offices in Germany, Spain and India. ESEI Group has 33 employees.

ESEI Solar is a full provider of EPC services for clients and partners across North America, with 50 + project developers located across Ontario and the U.S.

ESEI Soft is an energy management and energy intelligence software that provides analytics for plant owners to monitor and troubleshoot issues proactively. This tool allows financial institutions and insurance companies to better forecast plant performance.

ESEI Power is a renewable energy plant developer and owner/operator establishing a network of leased lands and rooftops throughout North America.

ESEI Tech is a manufacturer of renewable energy components: racking, trackers and applied energy systems (Energy In a Box™, EcoPlug In™).

About Solar Source Corporation

Solar Source Corporation (SSC) is a Canadian renewable energy holding company wholly owned by Solar Bancorp Inc., a Canadian solar focused merchant bank.    Solar Source Corp. wholly owns three separate sub-corporations, with related products, services, markets and opportunities.    The sub-corporations include Solar Source PEI (SSPEI), Solar Source Ontario (SSO) and Solar Rooftops Corp (SRC).  Solar Source Ontario will manufacture its brand of solar panels in Windsor, Ontario.  Solar Rooftops Corp. is the sales, marketing and installation company located in Toronto, Ontario.

Solar panel sales for the SSC brand will have a strong focus on Municipal and Provincial Governments, power utilities, large corporate and residential rooftop owners who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and access provincial government Feed-In Tariffs for their installed solar panels.


ESEI Group

Kerri Brock, Marketing Director

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Lia Van Baalen

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Solar Source Corporation

Ross J. Beatty, President

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CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island – September 23, 2010: Ross J. Beatty is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Andrew Carnegie Scholarship Award.  The recipient must exhibit excellence in academic and/or artistic achievement, and must be a Commonwealth citizen or permanent resident.

The recipient must enhance the university or local community through personal involvement and demonstrate an impressive sense of personal integrity.   Ross J. Beatty’s Graduate thesis involves renewable energy systems to assist in energy self-sufficiency of island states such as Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Ross J. Beatty is currently the President of Solar Bancorp Inc. (, a Canadian renewable energy merchant bank which focuses primarily on solar energy innovation and solar energy project advancement.

Dr Palanisamy Nagarajan, UPEI

Aquaculture is “the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants in selected or controlled environments,” according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1997.

With collapsing marine fisheries, mostly due to overfishing without foresight, and increasing impoverishment of the marine ecosystems resulting from short-sighted exponential growth of economic activities, aquaculture has emerged as one of the fastest-growing food producing sectors in the world, with more than three-fold increase in production during the past 15 years.

In 2007, aquaculture contributed 43 per cent of the aquatic animal food for human consumption.

In fact, the growth of aquaculture is likely to accelerate in the coming decades, particularly in the context of rapidly developing transgenic technology in aquaculture, the technique of transferring genetic material from one organism into the DNA of another, for transforming fish and other aquatic organisms. Marine ecologist Steve Palumbi, Center For Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, who is one of the co-authors of an exhaustive four-year study in dealing with the impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services, warns that “unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together, as working eco-systems, then this century is the last century of wild [sea] food.” 

No one can deny the apparent short-run benefits of the application of modern biotechnology to aquaculture. Nevertheless, the long-term irreversible environmental and ecological risks should not be overlooked. We have already entered the uncharted waters of messing up with the gene and remaking of the world. Jeremy Rifkin, the author of a provocative and influential book The Biotech Century (1998) observes: “The long-term cumulative impact of thousands of introduction of genetically modified organisms could well exceed the damage that has resulted from the release of petrochemical products into the Earth’s ecosystem. With these new biologically based products, the damage is not easily containable, the effects continue to reproduce, and the organisms cannot be recalled, making the process irreversible.”

Research on genetically engineered fish, mostly for aquaculture industry, is currently underway for approximately 35 species worldwide. Until now, no country has approved any of these species for commercial production or human consumption. In fact, ecological risks associated with transgenic fish are very sketchy. 

The AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies, a company headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is almost in the final stage of getting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enter the food system after a very long waiting period. A decade ago, science writer Dr. Carol Kaesuk Yoon wrote: “With quaint fishing villages dotting its shores and farming still one of its mainstays, the pastoral landscape of Prince Edward Island seems an unlikely place to encounter one of the most modern creatures on earth. Yet it is in the tanks at Aqua Bounty Farms on the island off New Brunswick, Canada, that hundreds of truly novel fish swim: schools of genetically engineered salmon that await approval for sale in the United States” (New York Times, May 1, 2000).

Comprehending the fact that after waiting for a long time the ‘AquAdvantage Salmon’ is about to enter the food system without undergoing across-the-board environmental and ecological risks assessment is difficult. It is also perplexing that in advance of three days of public hearings on this most critical issue, beginning Sept. 19, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report stating that the transgenic fish are safe to eat and “unlikely” to harm the environment. How did the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee of the FDA arrive at these premature conclusions on such vital matters that would ultimately affect the fragile marine ecosystems, particularly before hearing from the public at large? What is the purpose of holding public hearings, if they have already made up their mind? What are the roles of other departments/agencies concerned with the environmental and ecological issues in the United States?

Our complex and dynamic society is undergoing rapid technological changes, and our scientific knowledge concerning their long-term environmental, ecological and human health impacts are not keeping pace with them. When making the crucial policy decisions under high degree of uncertainty, we should be guided by the precautionary principle or ‘foresight principle’ in dealing with serious, emerging though not-proven risks to our fragile, complex ecosystems.

The decision to approve the transgenic fish, without paying serious attention to the well-recognized precautionary principle, would open the floodgate for numerous transgenic aquatic organisms to enter our food systems. It is high time we avoid playing dice with our complex ecosystems, particularly when our understanding of the ecosystems is fuzzy and far from perfect.

If AquAdvantage Salmon is approved by the U.S. FDA, one wonders whether Prince Edward Island can be heralded as the birthplace of this transgenic fish, which is supposed to grow to market size in 18 months as compared to 36 months for normal salmon. 

Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan is emeritus professor of economics and research associate of the Institute of Island Studies, Charlottetown.

Toronto April 8, 2010 – The Solar Bancorp Group of Companies welcomed the Ontario Power Authority’s announcement of further green-lighted Feed-in-Tariff projects, pointing to the Ontario Government’s commitment to ensuring the province is a global leading solar jurisdiction.

“The Ontario Government continues to support their innovative program to create more than 700 MW of ground mount and roof top solar projects.  This program will see employment energized as construction begins immediately and takes place over the next three years,” said Ross J. Beatty, President of the Solar Bancorp Group of Companies. 

Beatty went on to say:  “This announcement shows the Ontario McGuinty government is committed to being a global leader in terms of renewable energy, recognizing the importance of alternative energy sources for their growing economy.  We also recognize the Ontario Power Authority and its partners for positioning for the future in renewable energy and making it possible today.” 

The Solar Bancorp Group of Companies include:  Solar Bancorp Inc., Solar Source Corp., Solar Source PEI Corp., Solar Source Ontario Corp., Solar Fields Corp., Solar Research Group, and Solar Rooftops Corp.


Ontario Announces 184 Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects


TORONTO, April 8, 2010 – More Ontario homes and businesses will soon be powered by green energy with the awarding of contract offers for almost 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy announced today by Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid. These projects, approved under the province’s landmark Feed-in Tariff (FIT), are part of the largest green energy investment of its kind in Canadian history.

These projects are in addition to the 510 renewable energy contract offers totalling 112 megawatts (MW) approved last month.

“These projects are the latest accomplishments of the Green Energy Act which is making Ontario a place of destination for green energy development, manufacturing, and expertise.” said Minister Duguid. “The investments generated by FIT will not only create green jobs, but will also build a coal-free legacy for future generations.”

The 184 projects announced today will generate enough energy to power 600,000 homes. Located in communities across the province, the total 694 Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contract offers announced to date will create 20,000 direct and indirect green jobs and attract about $9 billion in private sector investment, as well as investment in new Ontario-based manufacturing.

“In six short months the Feed-in Tariff program has delivered strong results and has more than exceeded our expectations,” said Ontario Power Authority CEO Colin Andersen.

Enabling community and aboriginal participation in renewable energy development is a key objective of the province’s Green Energy Act. Thirty-six community and aboriginal projects will receive a first round FIT contract. These projects are located in communities throughout the province.

”I’m pleased to see aboriginal and local communities across Ontario as active participants in the green energy movement. Their leadership enhances Ontario’s efforts to establish itself as a North American leader in renewable energy,” said Minister Duguid.

Seventy-six of the approved projects are ground-mounted solar photovoltaic, 47 are on-shore wind and 46 are waterpower projects. There are also seven biogas, two biomass, four landfill gas, one roof top solar and one off-shore wind projects.

Significantly expanding the amount of renewable generation is a key part of the provincial government’s strategy to address climate change by eliminating dirty coal-fired generation by the end of 2014. The FIT program’s mandatory requirements for “made in Ontario” technologies and services also makes renewable generation a key part of the strategy to make the province North America’s leader in green jobs and manufacturing.

Future transmission system expansion will open up capacity to accommodate more renewable projects. Projects that did not receive a first round FIT contract offer will now be put through what is called an Economic Connection Test (ECT) to identify transmission or distribution system expansion projects that support renewable generation and meet economic requirements. The first test will start in August/September. Renewable energy projects enabled by these expansions projects will be eligible for a FIT contract once work begins on the projects.

The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: planning the power system for the long term, leading and co-ordinating conservation initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources, and supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.

Charlottetown, Toronto and Bangalore March 8, 2010 – Solar Source Corp (SSC) of Canada has entered into a Joint Venture Partnership MOU with HHV, the leading Indian manufacturer of amorphous silicon thin-film solar panel manufacturing tools. SSC and HHV of Bangalore, India have agreed to build Canada’s first thin film solar panel manufacturing facility.

The first choice for the site of the initial facility is Prince Edward Island. This plant would produce panels for the building integrated, ground mount and commercial rooftop markets. They contemplate a 120 Megawatt four phase building plan, where Phase One will manufacture 30 Megawatts of solar panels. By way of their MOU agreement, they have also agreed to build a four phase 120 MW crystalline solar panel manufacturing facility in Ontario, to take full advantage of the explosive Ontario renewable energy marketplace.

Ross Beatty, President of SSC, stated that “Solar Source Corp is pleased to be associated with HHV for their initial panel manufacturing launch into the North America market. We are very impressed with HHV. Since 1964, HHV has excelled in all of its endevours and is globally recognized for its high standards and technological advancements. With four decades of experience as India’s vacuum technology equipment leader, HHV brings the manufacturing of solar panels to new levels of excellence, and efficiency. We are very excited to work with HHV to build Canada’s first-thin film solar panel manufacturing plant utilizing their equipment.”

Dr. Steve Simms, Chairman of Solar Source Corp confirmed that: “This signed MOU is a prime example of SSC’s mandate to develop strong relationships with clean energy industry leaders. HHV has significant expertise in thin-film solar panel innovation and production. They understand the long-term importance of maintaining best practices, highest efficiency solar panels, while always refining their economic costing model”.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary Solar Source PEI, Solar Source Corp. hopes to build Canada’s first thin-film manufacturing facility in Summerside, PEI.

Jamie Ballem, Director of SSC and the former Minister of Energy for PEI stated: “There are many benefits to the growth of the solar industry in Canada; ranging from directly employing managers, skilled and unskilled workers; providing an opportunity for recent graduates of ‘green’ technology programs to find employment in their home provinces; providing an alternative and diversified opportunity for the expansion from traditional sectors; and finally, contributing toward getting closer to a distinct self-sufficiency of energy needs. For Phase One, we would expect to hire 120 full time employees in PEI, and 150 full time employees in Ontario.”

Prasanth Sakhamuri, Managing Director of HHV is also very pleased with their association with Solar Source Corp., both in Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Mr Sakhamuri stated: “HHV is producing world-class, solar panel manufacturing equipment and technology which results in the most cost effective production of amorphous silicon thin-film panels, advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and solar technology-based solutions—to meet the exacting demands of commercial and industrial establishments around the world. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing and research centre is located at Dabaspet, in Bangalore, India. Our Crystalline and Thin Film Solar PV Modules will be compliant with IEC and UL standards for photovoltaic design and safety. Our products will meet a variety of small to high volume requirements, in a wide range of consumer goods and services, across both grid-connected and off-grid applications.”

Mr. Sakhamuri went on the state: “We are excited to partner with Solar Source Corp of Canada, offering total solutions such as system optimization and customized design options. HHV also provides hands-on training for customers requiring turnkey and technology-transfer solutions in these areas, both on site in Canada and at the Bangalore manufacturing and research facilities. We are very pleased to be associated with the Solar Source Corp. team. The North American solar industry is entering its initial phase of a very long term upward trend. We believe that this partnership will provide the North American marketplace with leadership, education, product knowledge and produce many new innovations for many years to come.”


About Solar Source Corporation

Solar Source Corporation (SSC) is a Canadian renewable energy holding company wholly owned by Solar Bancorp Inc., a Canadian solar focused merchant bank. Solar Source Corp. wholly owns three separate sub-corporations, with related products, services, markets and opportunities. The sub-corporations include Solar Source PEI (SSPEI), Solar Source Ontario (SSO) and Solar Rooftops Corp (SRC). The current plan calls for Solar Source PEI to be located in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and Solar Source Ontario in one of a number of municipalities offered in Ontario. Solar Rooftops Corp. is the sales, marketing and installations company located in Toronto, Ontario.

The solar panel sales for the SSC brand will have a strong focus on Municipal and Provincial Governments, power utilities, large corporation rooftops and residential rooftop owners who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and access provincial government Feed-In Tariffs for their installed solar panels.

Solar Source PEI will produce commercial high grade thin film solar panels that will be sold into the general commercial and consumer market. SSPEI will distribute high-quality solar PV and Building
Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) related products and services to clients within Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and the US Eastern Seaboard.

Solar Source Ontario will manufacture solar crystalline solar panels at its Ontario plant. SSO will also sell and distribute its PEI thin film high-quality solar panels and related systems and services to the Central, Western Canada and central USA, under the Solar Source marketing brand.

Solar Rooftops Corp. will carry out sales and marketing of the products manufactured by SSPEI and Solar Source Ontario, with a focus on BIPV, commercial and residential rooftops.

The expected benefits of SSC range from direct employment in PEI and Ontario; providing an alternative and diversified opportunity for Canada to expand its renewable sector; and finally, contributing toward each Province being self-sufficient with energy needs. Other benefits include:

The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar panels that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary HHV technology. Solar Source brand will be known for its broad range of crystalline silicon and thin film panels, ease of installation, durability, cost competitiveness and real-world efficiency. Through its Solar Rooftops business, the company also designs and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. For more information, please visit

About HHV (Hind High Vacuum Company PVT Ltd)

HHV was established in 1964. Now, 46 successful years later, the company is one of India’s premier high vacuum technology companies and a leader in vacuum technology products. Major scientific and industrial establishments across India credit HHV with being a lead player in the development of indigenous and world class vacuum equipment in the country.

HHV manufactures a wide range of vacuum hardware and specialized equipment for the high vacuum market in India and abroad. HHV has also been a long-standing player in the field of solar technology, and has manufactured specialized equipment used in the manufacturing process of solar PV modules. It has the capability to produce complete manufacturing equipment lines used for the production of solar
PV modules in both crystalline and thin film technology. As a part of the strategic diversification, HHV is producing high quality crystalline and thin film solar PV modules and production tools that achieve world class efficiencies and reliability.

The company has its manufacturing and multidisciplinary R&D center at Peenya industrial area, and an export product manufacturing centre at Dabaspet industrial area; both in Bangalore, India. The company’s strategic business-unit concept offers the most cost-effective, high-quality vacuum-technology products and solutions to a range of clients.


This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information.

All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks that could cause such results to differ include: our ability to maintain our customer relationships; the national and worldwide demand for electricity and the market for solar energy; the supply and price of components and raw materials for our products; and our customers’ ability to access the capital needed to finance the purchase of our products; and risks associated with integrating solar technologies.

For More Information Contact:

Jamie Ballem
Managing Director
Solar Source Corporation

Ross Beatty
President Managing Director
Solar Source Corporation

Prasanth Sakhamuri
Hind High Vacuum
Company PVT Ltd.

In 2009, the Board of Director’s are pleased to report that most of the Island Bounty Shellfish Research Group’s work focused on mitigation of invasive tunicate fouling on aquaculture gear.

Studies included the efficacy of new treatments such as ultrasound and perforation against invasive tunicates, optimization of timing and frequency of pressure washing treatments against colonial tunicates, survival of tunicate colony fragments created during pressure washing treatment and histopathological changes in tunicates caused by chemical treatments.

In addition to detection and treatment of tunicates, the Shellfish Research Groups also studies basic tunicate biology, ecology, life history and ecosystem interactions, including potential predator-prey relationships.

Four graduate students are also part of the Shellfish Research Group. Sarah Clark’s PhD work focused on developing molecular assays to aid in the monitoring of invasive tunicates in our estuaries.

These assays will be able to identify tunicates by species, by life stage, and determine viability. As part of his MSc work, Louis Ferguson is evaluating the potential spread of an invasive tunicate in BC via oyster aquaculture activities and how such spread could be prevented using air and freshwater exposure treatments. Denise Methe is studying farm management strategies to decrease the expression of disease in oysters. Thitiwan Patanasatienkul is beginning her PhD studying modeling methods in aquatic animal health.

For further information, please feel to contact:

Ross J. Beatty, Director

The Board of Directors of Island Bounty Foods is pleased to announce that Dr Jeffrey Davidson, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, has joined their Board as Director of Research and Innovation. 

Island Bounty’s Chairman R.J. Beatty said: 

“Dr Jeffrey Davidson is an internationally renowned aquaculture production and health veterinarian and scientist, with 20 years of global shrimp research experience.  He is presently Professor in the Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  He has led and / or participated in hundreds of significant research projects, including:

  •   Consultation to the Ecuadorian Shrimp Farmers Group
  •   Collaboration with  Texas A&M University studying an outbreak of NHP on Texas Shrimp farms
  •   Research proposal development on  Slow Growth Syndrome in Penaeus monodon in collaboration with the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific
  •   Conducted field based clinical trials in Thailand in conjunction with Kasetsart University and Progressive Bioactives
  •   Visiting professor at Kasetsart University presenting the course ‘Production, Health and Diagnostic Management of Shrimp and Tropical Fish Aquaculture’ in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Dr Davidson is heading up the Island Bounty Research team.  Their most recent project is titled: “The Dark Environment, Bio-Flocculent Recirculation System (DEBFRS): Allowing the Production of Warm Water Shrimp in Cold Climates”.

Summary of Project:

Since the 1980s, most shrimp farms have been land based with the shrimp grown in earthen ponds at a density of 20 to 100 shrimp per meter2. This production method has resulted in serious environmental issue including destruction of mangrove forests, eutrophication of the receiving waters and salination of fresh water tables due to leeching of salt water.  However, the greatest challenge for the shrimp aquaculture industry, in the Americas or Asia, has been the devastation caused by disease.  The major epidemics have been caused by a relatively few organisms.  The expression of these diseases is the result of poor environmental conditions and insufficient biosecurity in stocking healthy juvenile shrimp.

Growing shrimp in an indoor recirculation system decreases or eliminates many of the effects and challenges facing pond culture.  This production method results in a greatly reduced carbon footprint and increased biosecurity while enabling the stocking densities to increase dramatically to 500 to 1000 shrimp per meter2.  This method of production could only be practiced in tropical or semi-tropical climate where the temperature was over 28o C.  In order to economically grow shrimp in northern climates year-round, innovations in culture methods clearly need revisiting.  The solution to growing warm water shrimp in northern climates is to develop an economically sustainable production model in a dark environment, bio-flocculent recirculation system (DEBFRS).  An enclosed structure will decrease the energy costs dramatically. This project will enable the first step of realizable commercial production of shrimp on PEI and provide basis for IBFC to market the technology globally.

Advanced Technologies and Clean Energy:

This project represents the culmination of the latest advances in high intensity shrimp aquaculture for northern climates along with the development of proprietary and patentable IP.  Successful completion of this project will provide enabling technology to commercialize the production of fresh disease free shrimp in most northern locations, including a pilot production facility in PEI.

Support of the aquaculture industry on PEI through advances in science is a key mandate bioscience mandate.

The production facility on PEI will provide a platform for the ongoing research of dark bio-floc production of aquaculture species and may contribute to opportunities in other aquaculture models. Aside from the direct employment opportunities which will include internal labour and contracted researchers, this project will provide a showcase for the sale of this technology platform to other commercial partners.  Success of IBF’s global marketing efforts will have a positive economic impact for PEI through direct employment and the sales of manufactured components, research jobs and the licensing revenue.

Since the shrimp production is based on a zero carbon footprint approach, the ‘green model is a fit with all countries’ mandate to protect their environment. Few companies in Canada or globally are attempting to adequately address the negative impact of intense aquaculture on the environment.  IBF will become recognized as leader in this field and correspondingly Prince Edward Island will enhance its image as a Province that fosters green technology.

The Board of Directors of Island Bounty Foods is very pleased to welcome Dr Davidson to its Board, and looks forward to supporting Dr Davidson’s industry leading research and development in the advancement of unique aquaculture environments, clean food sources and renewable energy sustainability.

Jacques Cousteau is greatly admired as an explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author, and oceanographic researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water.

Now, his great legacy is continued through the work of his son, Jean-Michel Cousteau, who has partnered with Project Kaisei to clean up our oceans and raise awareness about the severe increase in plastic pollution.

What’s really in our oceans? TRASH

Well, we already knew that. What you might not be aware of is that even in our enlightened day and age of awareness…the global oceanic garbage disposal problem is growing leaps and bounds before our eyes.

The pictures say it all. Garbage in the ocean is affecting our world food supply and the future of modern aquaculture today. 

“We traveled thousands of miles on both vessels and we tested surface samples across that whole distance. Every single sample we came up with plastic, every single one.”

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Project Kaisei team talks trash

Trash found floating in the ocean by Project Kaisei (photo by PK)
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famed oceanographer Jacques
Cousteau speaking at a press conference Tuesday,
Cousteau was joined by Project Kaisei founders, scientists, environmentalists and ocean lovers who spent a month in the middle of the ocean at a
place called the North Pacific Gyre where tons of plastic trash has
collected, and is floating in the sea.

One day back from the sea
“We traveled thousands of miles on both vessels and we tested surface samples across that whole distance.  Every single sample we came up with plastic, every single one.”

Lawn chairs, fishing net, containers and a helmet floating in the ocean
An example of what they found was spread out in front of the audience; ghost fishing nets, chunks of plastic lawn furniture, crates, large containers, a helmet.

Jar with tiny plastic pieces
This is the stuff they found in every sample of water taken.
we found a myriad
of types of garbage.  In some of the areas that weren’t so congested,
maybe we’d see 25 pieces but in other areas we would see three to four
hundred pieces of marine debris

Doug Woodring, Mary Crowley, George Orbelian, Dr. Andrea Neal and Margy Gassell of the Cal EPA

Collecting samples onboard the Kaisei (photo by PK)

Jean-Michel Cousteau speaking
plastic does not biodegrade

More marine debris

Dr Neal and Jean-Michel Cousteau
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Because the floating garbage pile is constantly in flux, nobody really knows how big it is, but some estimates suggest its mass is double the size of Texas.

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The Kaisei has set sail
Project Kaisei has launched.
The group of scientists, environmentalists and ocean lovers left the SF Bay yesterday on an expedition to study a gigantic floating ‘plastic vortex’ of trash that floats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  The group–led by Marinite Mary Crowley–is trying to figure out what type of trash is there, how it got there and ways to remove and recycle it.

In the middle of the trash vortex
The gigantic trash heap has been growing for years–the result of our consumption of non-recyclable materials–and contributes to death of marine life and pollution of the oceans.
Because the floating garbage pile is constantly in flux, nobody really knows how big it is, but some estimates suggest its mass is double the size of Texas.
You can follow the action on the Project Kaisei website where they’ve set up a special Google Earth link to track the project’s progress.
(photo of boat courtesy of Ocean Voyages Institute; photo of trash courtesy of Whole Travel Blog)
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British Columbia Receives CAD 930K for Eco-Aquaculture Projects / July 2009

The Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that Federal funds are being offered through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme (AIMAP) to:

• Testing net biofouling management technology
• Capturing and reusing fish effluent
• Introducing new mechanized clam harvest and automated oyster grading technology to BC
• Testing ultraviolet light as a water discharge sterilizer
• Adopting a parasite suppression technology for farmed salmon

Related Seafood articles:

Investments earmarked for deep water mussels
DFO invests USD 306 mln in maritime economy

SOURCE: By Natalia Real