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Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology

Contact Information

1360 Barrington St. 
P.O. Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia CANADA B3H 4R2
Tel: (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.

CIFT supports technology transfer and the development of advanced technologies aimed at effective commercial utilization of marine resources in Canada and throughout the world. Major areas of emphasis include:

-       aquaculture development
fish/food process engineering
marine oils and nutrition
physical properties of foods
process chemical science
seafood biochemistry

Core Services

CIFT offers assistance to industry through their talented technical staff, professors and students. Support services include:

-       fundamental and applied research
process and product development
consulting activities
short technical courses
industry-oriented student projects


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

How we work with industry

All projects are funded on a cost recovery basis, for contract services.

Funding Support

Funding assistance is available through NRC IRAP programs, NSERC industrial assistance programs and similar programs available through MITACs and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

# staff/technical staff

6 full-time faculty, 4 research assistants/associates and 1 Administrative assistant

Key Contacts

Dr. Allan T. Paulson, Director.  Tel. (902) 494-3280, email:
Ms. Kathy Spencer, Technical Services. Tel. (902) 494-3255, email:
Dr. Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen (902)494-3145

Partnerships & Collaborations

CIFT employs 6 full-time food science professors, all teaching and conducting food-related research (processing, microbiology, food engineering, lipids, industrial fermentations and materials science).  CIFT is associated with the Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering's Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science.

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