C Robotics® selects Miawpukek Horizon as the Canadian representative for novel and environmentally-friendly harvesting technology
Newfoundland & Labrador / Kristiansund, Norway – Nov 9th, 2021 – Miawpukek Horizon is the exclusive representative of C Robotics® in Canada and will be offering C Robotics® novel and environmentally friendly C Bud™ and C Disc™ technology for species harvesting and benthic management.
There is a global need for new harvesting techniques to ensure a more sustainable fishery. The patented C Robotics® technology makes it possible, through new and more ecologically sensitive methods, to access fisheries that may be currently commercially non-viable or environmentally sensitive. With many jurisdictions around the globe banning invasive bottom trawling and dredging, the technology represents an effective and gentle method for harvesting of marine species from the seabed.
Introducing the diver-operated C Disc™ and the remotely controlled C Bud™ to the Canadian marketplace will help fishers reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bycatch, and impacts to the seabed while increasing crew safety and harvest quality. The C Bud can also be used in other segments performing environmental work such as ocean clean-up and sludge removal.
“We are very pleased to finalize our agreement with Miawpukek Horizon to bring our technology to Canada.” Shared C Robotics® CEO Rune Svendsen “Discussions on the partnership started prior to the pandemic. We are excited to have an Indigenous partner in Canada that has established relationships in many areas of the marketplace and with the research and regulatory community. The synergy of combining our global technology with the traditional knowledge of the Miawpukek First Nation will provide exceptional value to researchers, regulators, and our clients.”
Miawpukek Horizon Director, Shayne McDonald adds “The Miawpukek First Nation has been progressive in developing and investing in economic growth, including Miawpukek Horizon, Newfoundland Aqua Service, Netukulimk Fisheries, as well as the Mi’kmaq coalition acquisition of Clearwater. This agreement, stepping further into the area of marine innovation, is a natural progression. The Nation brings a strong network of clients, business relationships, and regulatory relationships to this agreement. We look forward to introducing this technology to Canada while furthering Indigenous participation in the Blue Economy.”
The next steps include a demonstration project for the C Disc™ technology in the coming months with an experimental license in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation.
ABOUT MIAWPUKEK HORIZON Miawpukek Horizon Maritime Services Ltd. (MHMS) is an Indigenous Business operating in Atlantic Canada that was created to service emerging opportunities in the local marine industry within the Atlantic Region. MHMS is a company that has evolved from a relationship that started with the recruitment and development of First Nations seafarers from the Miawpukek First Nation, as Horizon Maritime sought to expand its seafarer network and further diversify its workforce. Miawpukek seafarers have become valued members of the Horizon Maritime team and strong relationships between Miawpukek Tribal Council and Horizon Maritime principals have developed as a result.
ABOUT C ROBOTICS® C Robotics® was Founded in 2017 and is based in Kristiansund, Norway. Behind the company stands entrepreneurs with experience in establishing successful businesses within international trade and operations. The C Bud™ and C Disc™ harvesting products are based on well-proven technology. The team consists of people with extensive experience from the subsea industry (Oil&Gas) and the technical understanding, combined with hands-on experience from marine operations, put the team in a unique position to take a practical approach to Innovation.
With a global requirement for new harvesting techniques to ensure a sustainable and ethical future, the company’s objective is to develop an effective method for the harvesting of marine species from the seabed.
At the same time, focusing on the sustainability and potential to create a business in several segments and industries around the world, by being able to gain access to new areas currently restricted by local regulations when it comes to seabed dredging, or only using divers. As a natural consequence, we are able to utilize, the same solutions and technology to carry out ocean clean-up, such as plastic pollution, fish farming waste and Sea Urchin invasions to mention a few.
Richard MacLellan – General Manager
Rune Svendsen – CEO
November 9th, 2021