In today's economic context, based largely on knowledge, skills, expertise and both scientific and technological know-how, Québec's fisheries and aquaculture industry faces challenges that are much the same as those of its competitors around the world. Enterprises in all sectors seek to stand out through technological innovation and the value added of their products and services.
This new economy set the stage for the foundation of Merinov – the Québec Centre for Innovation in Aquaculture and Fisheries – in June 2010. The new entity is the result of a coming together of entities and teams already recognised for their expertise, the quality of their actions and their skills in the development of novel solutions.
Merinov founding members
Research centres operating under the Innovation and Technologies Directorate
- 60 years of scientific and technological innovation by the Government of Québec and MAPAQ
- People who support industry development
- Multi-purpose centres located in Grande-Rivière, Gaspé and Cap-aux-Meules
- A national and international network of partners
- Projects and services organised in controlled environments and in natural settings throughout Québec.
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
College centre for the transfer of technologies in the fisheries – Halieutec
- Affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles since 1984
- One of 46 CCTTs in the Transtech network
- Access to a network of over 600 experts in a host of disciplines
- Partnership with the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'innovation, et de l'Exportation and the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
- Synergy with college education provided to the next generation (École des pêches et de l'aquaculture du Québec)
Université du Québec à Rimouski
- Establishment and deployment of scientific teams throughout maritime Québec
- 10 years of strategic research partnership with MAPAQ
- Expertise in a host of advanced science and technology disciplines
- Access to the latest equipment
- Synergy for training the next generation of university-level academics