Lewisporte Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre

Overview

To further its efforts in regional and rural development the Marine Institute has established the Lewisporte Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre as a two year pilot project to service the Central Newfoundland region. The overall goal of the Centre is to facilitate growth of the local fisheries and marine sectors through education, training, applied research and development, and technology transfer.

The Centre will be responsible for:

  • identifying gaps in education, training, and research in the region
  • connecting opportunities for the enhancement of client industries through applied research and technology transfer
  • coordinating the response from the Institute, and its schools and applied research centres
  • promoting capacity development in education, training, and applied research throughout its primary and secondary catchment areas.

The Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre is located at the campus of Dietrac Technical Institute, a local not for profit industrial trades college. An overview of facilities at the Centre can be found here.

Central Newfoundland has a strong dependence on fisheries and marine sectors with enterprises in the marine transportation sector, marine recreation, ferry services, boat building, as well as aquaculture and seafood harvesting. Lewisporte envisages the marine sector playing a significant role in the Town’s future and has shown a strong interest in working with the Institute to establish fisheries and marine training programs in the town to serve the central region.

About Lewisporte

An important hub of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Marine Industries, Lewisporte is the “Gateway to the North” and the home to vital services and infrastructure that serve both the island portion of the province as well as Labrador. Lewisporte Marina and Yacht Club has 170 berths available to accommodate vessels up to 100 feet in length.

The Marina has quickly become a favourite of ocean-going yachts and pleasure boats from around the world. In addition, the picturesque town has a deep-water port and is a major marine-supplied distribution terminal for the oil and gas industry, as well as other essential industries. For more information please visit the Town of Lewisporte website.