Early Norovirus Detection Tool

BC Center for Aquatic Health Sciences

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$10,000
Applicant's Equity:$5,000
North Island College:$1,800
BC Shellfish Growers Association:$5,000
Total Budget: $21,800

Baynes Sound is the primary shellfish growing area in BC. However, outbreaks in Norovirus (NoV) linked to BC oysters has presented a challenge to the coastal shellfish sector in recent years, resulting in the closure for local harvesters, and $9.1 million in lost sales from rejected and unsold product.

In partnership with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, North Island College and the BC Shellfish Growers Association, the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences Association is developing a cost-effective diagnostic test for shellfish harvesters to detect Norovirus in BC oysters. The project involves testing and optimization of a molecular assay, and development of a biosurveillance program to identify the source of contamination in oyster tissue and seawater at the earliest stages.

The project will enable shellfish harvesters to implement mitigation strategies before NoV becomes widespread. Anticipated outcomes include reduced risk and increased returns to shellfish producers, and protection of the reputation of BC’s shellfish industry. The project will be completed in early 2019.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

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50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

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$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

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$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

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$236
million leveraged into the region

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$50.5
million disbursed

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$52.1
million committed

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212
economic development projects

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170
projects completed

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36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

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50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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