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Genome Canada Awards Genome Atlantic, Two Partners $5.5M Toward $15.6M Cod Genomic Aquaculture Project

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (GenomeWeb News) - 

The Canadian government will contribute as much as CA$6.5 million (US$5.5 million) over the next three years to a CA$18.2 million (US$15.6 million) genomic research project involving cod aquaculture conducted by Genome Atlantic, a regional Genome Canada affiliate, and two partner organizations, Genome Canada said yesterday in a statement.

The entire Atlantic Cod Genomics And Broodstock Development project, which will be conducted in part by the Huntsman Marine Centre and the Atlantic Genome Centre, is expected to run for four years. The project's remaining funding will be provided by "a range of regional innovation and research partners," Genome Canada said. Funding partners include Fisheries and Oceans Canada's St. Andrews Biological Station, Memorial University of Newfoundland's Ocean Sciences Centre and Cooke Aquaculture, the statement said.

Aquaculture generally relies on wild populations for broodstock, a practice that the program aims to change through applied genomics and selective breeding, Genome Canada said.

"This project will establish cod breeding programs in New Brunswick and Newfoundland to ensure fast growing, healthy, high quality cod," Jane Symonds, director of aquaculture at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and a project leader, said in the statement.

The project is one of 33 such efforts, totaling CA$346 million, or US$296 million, whose funding by Genome Canada was announced in August, the agency said. Genome Canada did not previously announce any of the cod project's details.

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