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Industry Briefs – January 2019

Yarmouth to Host Major Commercial Fishing Expo

One of Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing shows returns to the Yarmouth Mariners Centre in two short months.

The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, offers a comprehensive showcase of commercial marine products and services. The show is presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, the Voice of Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Industry.

“2018 has been an exceptionally successful year across our portfolio of commercial marine shows, and we’re looking forward for this trend to continue in Yarmouth,” said Show Manager, Shawn Murphy. “For the first time in nearly a decade, every square inch of the Mariners Centre is completely sold out. With ramped-up exhibit sales along with strong visitor pre-registration, we’re prepared for a record-setting event.”

This edition of the show will offer visitors a chance to see even more innovative products for the fisheries and marine industry and chat with companies from across the Maritimes, Canada and abroad. At its last edition in 2017, attendance numbers soared to 4,726 — the highest in more than a decade. Attendees include fish harvesters, fish processors, those involved in the workboat industry, search and rescue organizations and other professions in, on, or around the water.

Visitors are encouraged to pre-register to receive a show badge in advance, skip lines and save 50 per cent on admission.

The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition is part of an array of marine trade events in Atlantic Canada produced by Master Promotions Ltd. in partnership with The Navigator. Other related events include the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show and Fish Canada Workboat Canada, held in St. John’s, N.L. and Moncton, N.B. respectively.

Again in 2019, deserving individuals who have made valuable contributions to the marine industry will be inducted into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame. Additionally, a networking reception will take place in conjunction with the show.

For more information on the event, stay tuned to the website as well as the show’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Show Hours: Friday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Show Location: Mariners Centre, 45 Jody Shelley Drive, Yarmouth, NS

Show Website: www.ECFX.ca

Clearwater Receives Patent for Vision System of Grading Molting Lobsters

According to the U.S. Patent office, Clearwater Seafoods was granted a patent on November 12 for a vision system that identifies the molt stage of lobsters.

The system would replace blood protein analysis and other means of determining the overall quality and amount of meat in a live lobster.  The system is designed to be non-invasive and operate on a conveyor belt.

The lobsters could be sorted by size, molt condition and quality, based on the vision system.

According to the patent filing, the vision system consists of a camera that photographs the lobster using both visible, infrared and ultraviolet light spectrums. By comparing the patterns established with these images, the software can make a determination as to the molt stage.

The uses would be to automate some of the process in determining which lobsters are the highest quality to ship and separating out lower quality lobsters on a processing line.

The patent, which covers the camera system and the software that uses the images to predict molt stage, can also be used in monitoring incoming shipments, or even with a standalone application on a phone.