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Gael Force plans expansion to Newfoundland and Labrador

Scottish-headquartered Gael Force Group, an aquaculture industry supplier, says it will set up a new service base in Newfoundland. — Submitted photo by Paul Campbell Photography
Scottish-headquartered Gael Force Group, an aquaculture industry supplier, says it will set up a new service base in Newfoundland. — Submitted photo by Paul Campbell Photography - Contributed

Global company Gael Force Group has revealed its plans to expand in the supply of marine equipment, technology and services to Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture market.

In a news release, Gael Force said it is seeking to make investment in Newfoundland and establish a new base to service fish farms in the province where large growth in salmon production is currently being projected.

This year, the company has been conducting a series of market research visits gauging opportunities on the eastern side of Canada.

Gael Force says it will supply and service customers with an established 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. 

Group managing director Stewart Graham will speak at two sessions at the Cold Harvest aquaculture conference and trade show in St. John’s which opens Wednesday.  He will offer an insight into the strategy planning for Scottish aquaculture industry’s vision for growth, then giving an overview about Gael Force Group’s offering to the market. 

The company will also be demonstrating its equipment at the conference’s trade show, including the SeaFeed Pellet Detection software, which has been developed in-house and is currently catching the attention of customers in Scotland.

“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,” marketing manager Marc Wilson said in a news release.

“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.”

Gael Force Group was established in 1983 and is a Scottish manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technology and services to aquaculture and other marine markets.

More than 200 people are employed by the group across the UK, with the majority of staff based in Highlands and islands.

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