Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Merinov – the Québec Centre for Innovation in Aquaculture and Fisheries – is the largest integrated center for applied research, innovation and technology transfer in the areas of fisheries, aquaculture, processing, biomass and marine biotechnology in Canada.



David Courtemanche

General Manager

Mailing address:

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
96, montée de Sandy Beach
bureau 2.05
Gaspé, Québec
G4X 2V6

Services & Expertise


Fisheries and Aquaculture

Industrial processes and seafood processing

Adding value to biotechnology products and processes

Development of ingredients and food products

Support and technologies for marine environmental monitoring


Technical and Business Services

Assistance with building products approvals and commercialization

Marketing Advisory Services referrals

Technology & workflow consultation

Technology development

Product testing

Field trials/Simulation

Technology evaluation / validation

Concept ideation & design review

Literature reviews

Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

Project management

Regulatory guidance

Early-Stage Business Development

Production of pre-commercial batches

Scientific report writing

Problem solving

Design Services

Performance Monitoring and Management

Scientific and technological monitoring

Pilot trials and mini productions (incubation of products)

Validation of processes, equipment, performance tests

Applied Research and Development


Manufacturing process design and development

Product Design & Development

Process optimization

Report preparation on R&D results

Laboratory/industrial/pilot scale protoyping

Product Re-design & Improvement

Reverse Engineering

Robotics and automation and imaging

Performance monitoring and analysis

Concept validation

Technology validation and transfer


Connections to co-op placement opportunities

Referral to continuing education services

Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Curriculum development

Needs assessment and gap analysis

Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

Train the trainer

Corporate on-site & in-house training

Training planning

Qualitative & quantitative research

Interactive Workshop Sessions

Technology Diffusion

Networking events

Industry-specific events & symposia

Field site product demonstration

Customized technology demonstrations

Rental of space & equipment

Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Seminars and Workshops

Evening speaker series

Technical publications

Literature Review

Specialized Equipment Available

Specialized Laboratories

  • Laboratory of Microbiology on Food Pathogens.
  • Laboratory of microbiology on the marine environment (ISO 17025).
  • Laboratory of analytical and preparatory chemistry.
  • Laboratory of rheology (temperature, analysis of texture, color or viscosity).
  • Sensory and organoleptic evaluation laboratory.
  • Multifunctional laboratories for biological analyzes of organisms and their conservation.
  • Laboratories for analysis of images on microscopic observations or video sockets.
  • Aquaculture and wet laboratories (Magdalen Islands and Grande-Rivière) with intake and freshwater intakes. These facilities are capable of raising fish, crustaceans and molluscs according to various production parameters. All the laboratories have a quarantaine unit.
  • Laboratory for the production of macro algae.
  • Fishing gear design laboratory.

Equipment for producing macro and micro algae.

Equipment for environmental monitoring (current meter, multi-parameter probes, etc.).

Aquaculture Monitoring equipment (oxygen, temperature, etc.).

Underwater video equipment.

Fleet of nine research vessels ranging from the 5-meter inflatable to the 15-meter versatile research vessel.

Food development platform (408 m2), equipped with three multipurpose rooms, houses pilot equipment for the development of prototypes.

Standardized multipurpose food processing plant (ÉPAQ in Grande-Rivière).

Fractionation center (217 m2) which brings together the advanced equipment dedicated to the separation, purification and stabilization of marine extracts. Hydrolysis tanks, decanter, membrane separation by micro, nano and ultrafiltration, atomizer. Capacity of 1000 L / day.

Mechanical workshops for the realization of various works, including, in particular, equipment design, welding and the construction or modification of equipment.