Cynthia Duncan, NSSC Regional Coordinator
As the NSSC Regional Coordinator for Nova Scotia, last June I attended the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association (NSFPA). This event was attended by many of the association’s members, who represent approximately one third of the fish processors in Nova Scotia.
This was a great opportunity for me to reach many Nova Scotia processors and to make a presentation on the NSSC’s structure, goals and regional services. I also introduced the benefits of membership and described current and future training programs. The presentation went hand in hand with our membership drive in Nova Scotia and was instrumental in recruiting a number of new and former members. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Inshore Fisheries, K & N Fisheries, E.W. Holmes Fisheries, Clare Fisheries, Sea Star Seafood and Granville Gates & Sons. I believe there are still a number of NSFPA members to be contacted and we expect a positive response.
A highlight of the NSFPA annual meeting was an address by Eric Couture, Ottawa-based Representative of the US Homeland Security Department. Mr. Couture discussed issues surrounding the Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C–TPAT), a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that will strengthen the overall supply chain and border security. He stressed the importance of seafood processors becoming C–TPAT-registered. Although at present C–TPAT is a voluntary program, companies that do not have a plan in place could experience delays at the border. In Nova Scotia, Denny Morrow, Executive Director of the NSFPA, has been instrumental in providing up-to-date information and training regarding C–TPAT. Meanwhile, the NSSC has developed its own C–TPAT training program and has begun to deliver it at the local level across Canada.