Newfoundland: Summer Travels, New Members and Upcoming Projects

My summer visits were very successful. I toured the Avalon Peninsula, the West Coast, the Northern Peninsula and Labrador. I was able to meet many NSSC current members and recruit new ones along the way. Many of you took the time to meet with me, invited me on a tour of your facilities and provided valuable information on the human resources front. Thank you. I truly enjoyed meeting all of you.

Members are an integral part of NSSC’s structure. In fact, we exist to serve you. We would like to welcome the following new members in Newfoundland and Labrador:

Harbour Grace Shrimp Company has been in operation for the past 17 years and has plants in Fermeuse, on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula. This company produces groundfish and pelagic products and employs approximately 50 people.

Aqua Fisheries is a primary seafood processing operation located in Aquaforte, also on the Southern Shore. The company was incorporated in 1972 and produces groundfish species including fresh and frozen cod fillets, salt fish, flounder, capelin, squid and mackerel. In 1994 Aqua Fisheries added snow crab and northern shrimp to its operations.

Codroy Seafoods is located in scenic Codroy on the West Coast of the island. The company has been in operation for two years and employs 39 people. It produces lobster, crab, lump roe and groundfish.

3 T’s is located in Woody Point on the Northern Peninsula. This company has been in operation since June 1980 and processes all species with the exception of shrimp. It has a workforce of 80.

The contact information for all members is available on NSSC’s Website, www.nssc.ca, under Member Directory.

On another note, on September 12th the NSSC held a regional workshop on Voluntary National Certification at the Battery Hotel in St. John’s. I wish to thank all the members who attended. This is an important project for the Canadian seafood processing industry and it was good to see NL members taking an active part.

Upcoming projects

· Fall has arrived and the plant visits continue. I will be visiting plants in Eastern and Central Newfoundland as well as those on the Avalon Peninsula that I was unable to visit during the summer.

· New evaluation workshops on upcoming courses will be conducted soon. Please look for my e-mails/faxes regarding these.

See our new regional page on the NSSC Website (www.nssc.ca). If you wish to be the next NL featured member, please contact me to arrange a meeting.

Nova Scotia: A Busy Summer and Fall Across the Province

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.