Gael Force Group to expand in Newfoundland, Canada

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The Scotland-based manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technology and services to aquaculture is eyeing up opportunities in Canada’s growing salmon farm market.

According to a press release, the supplier is actively seeking to make inward investment in Newfoundland and establish a new base to support the dedicated servicing of fish farms in the province where large growth in salmon production is currently being projected, with the green light of Grieg NL’s USD250 million Placentia Bay project.

This year, the company has been conducting a series of comprehensive market research visits into the current and future opportunities on the eastern side of Canada.

Gael Force Marine. Worker checks anchor for Aquaculture mooring system.
Picture: Paul Campbell.

Gael Force will supply and service customers with a product range, including pen and barge moorings, plastic fish pens, concrete and steel feed barges, offshore feeding systems and pellet detection software, and underwater technology including cameras and lighting.

Cold Harvest conference
The unveiling of the plan coincides with the Group’s involvement in Wednesdays’ Cold Harvest conference in St. John’s Newfoundland. The Group’ Managing Director, Stewart Graham will speak at the conference during two sessions, firstly offering an insight on the Scottish Aquaculture industry’s vision for growth, then giving a detailed overview about Gael Force Group’s offering to the market. They will also be demonstrating their new SeaFeed Pellet Detection software.

Appetite to grow
Speaking ahead of the conference, Marketing Manager Marc Wilson said, “Our visits to Atlantic Canada have revealed a commitment to aquaculture with a real appetite to grow the industry substantially. Every person we have spoken to has welcomed the prospect of Gael Force making an inward investment in Newfoundland. We are highly confident in our ability to provide a trusted range of equipment and technology that will meet the needs of producers in the Atlantic Provinces and enable them to safely and securely meet the highest standards of fish husbandry.”

He added, “We fully understand the need for us as a supplier to have a highly skilled and dedicated service team on the ground in Canada to be ready to respond to the specific needs of those customers, and that is something we are totally prepared to commit to.”