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Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology

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Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT)
1360 Barrington St.
P.O. Box 1000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 494-6030
Fax: (902) 420-0219


The Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) at Dalhousie University was established in 1979 as a specialized resource center of advanced technology for research in food science and process engineering with an emphasis on seafood. The Institute promotes technology transfer and the development of advanced technologies aimed at more effective commercial utilization of marine resources in Canada and throughout the world. Major areas of emphasis include aquaculture development, biotechnology, fish/food process engineering, marine oils and nutrition, physical properties of foods, process chemical science, seafood biochemistry and toxicology.

Core Services

  • Product and Process developments
  • Sensory evaluation: with emphasis on seafood sensory
  • Optimal process design: particularly in regards to improved quality for frozen seafood
  • Analysis: biochemical, toxilogical, sensory, and physical
  • Interim processing facilities
  • Training & Auditing: seafood technology short courses; HACCP/food safety training, food safety and quality  implementation, monitoring and auditing
  • Assessment of technology (local, new and/or imported)
  • By-product utilization
  • Packaging technology
  • Product evaluation & quality confirmation


  • Product development kitchen
  • Rheology and texture laboratory
  • Pilot plant, fully equipped with computerized retort system
  • Computer controlled cold storage area
  • Laboratories for chemistry, microbiology, marine oils, proteins and enzymes and product development evaluations


One stop shop for Canada's food and bio-products industry.