Another Successful Year for the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show

The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show (NAFWS), presented by The Navigator and Master Promotions, recently concluded its latest edition at the Mary Brown’s Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The event, which ran from November 17–18, 2023, featured exhibitors and visitors from all aspects of the marine industry. This year’s NAFWS created a vibrant atmosphere for networking and knowledge exchange as well as an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technologies, discover innovative products, and engage with industry leaders.

“This year’s show buzzed with a lively atmosphere as exhibitors and attendees came together to discuss industry news and showcase new products and tech,” said Shawn Murphy, Show Manager.

(L-R) Reg Best, Elvis Loveless, Lynn Ansara (Best), Derrick Jackson and Martin Sullivan.

The NAFWS also provided exhibitors like Bain Blois from Blois Automation Ltd. a chance to showcase and sell their merchandise and services.

“This edition of the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show was one of the best we’ve had,” said Blois from Blois Automation Ltd. “We now have four very promising projects to quote on.”

The first day of the NAFWS marked the 2023 edition of the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates inductees for their contributions to the marine industry in three categories — Mariner, Processor and Builder.

This year’s awards were presented by Elvis Loveless, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The inductee for the Mariner category, which recognizes anyone who works or has worked on the water in the marine industry, went to the late Tom Best, a fish harvester from Petty Harbour, N.L., and a founder of the Petty Harbour Co-op.

The inductee for the Processor category, which recognizes anyone involved in the business of seafood processing, from line workers to company owners, went to Martin Sullivan, the CEO of Ocean Choice International.

Elvis Loveless presenting the Processor Award to Martin Sullivan, CEO of Ocean Choice International.

The inductee for the builder category, awarded to those who have made contributions without having directly participated, such as industry advocates, organizers and boat builders, went to Derrick Jackson, the owner of Jackson’s Shipyard in Whiteway, N.L.

To end off the first day of the NAFWS, TriNav Group of Companies and The Navigator hosted and arranged a lively reception at the Delta Hotel featuring a performance by Newfoundland’s own Celtic Connection.

Besides The Navigator, sponsors of the 2023 NAFWS included Genrep, Jackfield, North Atlantic Supplies, Osborne Propellers and Spartan Industrial Marine. The next show presented in partnership by Master Promotions and The Navigator, is Fish Canada Workboat Canada, that takes place from January 19-20, 2024, at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Photos by Jennifer Oake and Nick Travis

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