YARMOUTH, NS – Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show, the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, returned to the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S. on Feb. 3 and 4, bringing with it a packed house, both in terms of exhibitors and attendees.
Exhibitors across the board declared the show a success, enjoying significant crowds on both days of the event.
“This show has all the latest marine and fisheries products, services and technology available to help any commercial fishing or related enterprise thrive,” says Show Manager Shawn Murphy. “Visitors had an opportunity to talk with knowledgeable staff and shop around for commercial fishing, fish processing, aquaculture, marine and workboat options.”
The 2017 edition of the show once again featured an educational seminar series, with topics including:“Financing an Enterprise” by Neil Pardy, senior loans officer, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board;“Why Bother with Design?” by Tim Edwards, Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association;“Safety Procedures and Documentation on Your Fishing Boat” by Amanda Dedrick and Stewart Franck, Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia, and Roy Alemao, Transport Canada.
The latest group of inductions into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame also took place at the show. These awards pay tribute to those who have made valuable contributions in any sector of the marine industry. Honourees are chosen in three categories:Mariner, recognizing individuals who work or have worked on the water in any marine industry;Processor, recognizing individuals involved in the business of processing, from line workers to company owners;Builder, recognizing those who have made contributions without having directly participated, i.e. industry advocates, organizers, boat builders, etc.
This year’s inductees were:
Processor — Edgar Samson from Petit De Gras, N.S.
Builder — Gilles Theriault from Meteghan River, N.S.
Mariner — Leonard LeBlanc from Cheticamp, N.S.