Meet the Top 10 Finalists of the first ever BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards

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April 26, 2021

On May 5, 2021 the B.C. government and Innovate BC will award three prizes at the first-ever Aquaculture Innovation Awards event.

The event encourages sustainable growth, competitiveness and adaptability of the aquaculture sector in BC by funding innovations that solve challenges faced by aquaculture. 

After careful consideration, the judges have selected the following 10 BC companies as finalists in this inaugural competition. They are competing for one of two $150,000 prizes and a fan favourite prize worth $25,000. 

Meet your Top 10 Finalists: 

AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc.  

AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy, based in Victoria, created a product that generates large volumes of compressed air which feeds the oxygenation and pumping needs for closed containment fish pens.   

Asens Technologies 

Vancouver-based startup Asens Technologies is developing image-based sensors and biosensors to help commercialize a device that transforms any smartphone to a water quality monitoring sensor.   


Bioform, a company based in the Lower Mainland has developed a novel 3D extrusion printing platform that manufactures 100% home compostable films derived from seaweed and wood pulp fiber.  

Fanny Bay Oysters 

Fanny Bay Oysters has been a quality shellfish producer in the Baynes Sound for over 30 years. Their float and attachment system increases oyster survivability, improves oyster quality and reduces plastic


Vancouver based company, Freshline’s eCommerce and Fulfilment software helps suppliers selling perishable foods direct to consumer. 

Industrial Plankton 

Industrial Plankton, based in Victoria, develops and produces algae bioreactors for live feed production in aquaculture hatcheries. 

Plantee Bioplastics 

Plantee Bioplastics, headquartered in Vancouver, is on a mission to replace non-biodegradable and harmful plastic fishing gear with biodegradable, environment and aquaculture-friendly fishing gear.  

Poseidon Ocean Systems  

Campbell River Poseidon Ocean Systems is helping to reduce the environmental impact of farming and assist in the production of nutritious, sustainable protein sources to feed the global population. 

Sawmill Bay Shellfish 

Based on Quadra Island, Sawmill Bay Shellfish has come up with a new low labour method of growing oysters close to the surface in deep water.  


Vancouver’s ThisFish is a global leader in seafood traceability software and artificial intelligence that enables seafood processors to digitize workflows in realtime using tablets and IoT devices. 

This event is for buyers, stakeholders and investors in the aquaculture industry looking for innovative solutions. But it is also for any companies interested in learning how they can benefit from provincial government and Innovate BC programs.  

Event Details 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PST

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