The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is
the National Sector Council for the fish harvesting industry in Canada.
More than 45,000
commercial fish harvesters work Canadaís waters from coast to coast.
Most operate on the Atlantic coast, fishing from Nunavut to the American
border, including offshore banks. Thousands more fish the rich waters of
British Columbia and inland on the Great Lakes and prairie lakes.
Fish harvesters command an array of skills that few professions can
match. The knowledge fish harvesters require to bring fish to the
consumerís plate has become vaster than ever before. They learn the
biology and migration of multiple species, some old and some newly
developed fishing methods, the mastering of boat maintenance or even
boat building, the use of navigational tools ranging from the
traditional compass to the most modern electronics and as business
owners they also acquire organizational and negotiating skills for
dealing with fish buyers and government agencies.
Harvesters not only have many skills they also have different roles;
they act as conservationists and safety advocates as well as teachers
and mentors to younger fish harvesters.
The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) was created
with an objective of representing Canadian fish harvestersí interests,
helping lead in the development of having fish harvesting become a
recognized profession, and to help with the implementation of training
and adjustment programs.
Learn more from the
Industry of Canada web site