ECFE Returns to Yarmouth, N.S. After Four-Year Hiatus

Above: The 2023 Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame inductees for Nova Scotia were Terry Zinck, Bruce Atkinson and Penny Graham. Terry Zinck’s award was accepted by his son Brock (L).



The 35th edition of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition (ECFE), presented by The Navigator Magazine, the TriNav Group of Companies and Master Promotions, wrapped up over the weekend of January 20–21 in Yarmouth, N.S., welcoming 4,274 people from all walks of the commercial fishing industry.

The exposition featured booths from 115 exhibitors, keeping everyone in attendance over the weekend entertained and up-to-date on fisheries information, technology and services in the industry.

“Many exhibitors reported making sales on the show floor and we’re very happy with the quality of the attendance,” said Show Manager, Shawn Murphy.

“This was a great event for suppliers, associations, stakeholders, fish processors, workboat operators and fishermen to network and discover what is new on the market.”

The first day of the show ended with a networking reception at the Rodd Grand Hotel, providing all in attendance with a seafood feast provided by Southwest Nova Scotian donors Acadian Fish Processors, Comeau Seafoods, Clearwater Seafoods, Cooke Aquaculture, Hervic Enterprises Ltd., Inshore Fisheries Ltd., Newell Lobster Ltd., Nova Finest Fisheries, R&K Murphy, RBN Fisheries Ltd., Rockville Carriers, Wm. R. Murphy Fisheries and Woods Harbour Lobster.

On Saturday morning, three new members were inducted into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame. Awards were given in the mariner category for individuals who work or have worked on the water in any marine industry, the processor category for people involved in seafood processing and the builder category for those who made contributions without having directly participated.

The inductee for the mariner category was Penny Graham of Brier Island, N.S. Graham has spent her life on the seas fishing and later as a whale watching tour guide. She also works as a harbour master for Brier Island.

Terry Zinck of Clark’s Harbour, N.S. was inducted for the processor category. Zinck is the founder of Xsealent Seafood and a lifelong advocate for the industry, serving on many boards and committees in his lifetime.

Bruce Atkinson was the inductee in the builder category. Atkinson is the son of Ephraim Atkinson, the originator of the Cape Islander boat design in the early 1900s that is still widely used today. Atkinson has carried on his father’s mantle, continuing to build boats and modify the design with the advent of fibreglass ships.

Visitors entered for a door prize raffle upon entrance to the show for a chance to win gear from Helly Hansen and Maritime Marine Supply. Ryan Atwood walked away with the Helly Hansen prize, while Amy Nickerson was the winner of the Maritime Marine Supply prize.

The ECFE couldn’t have been possible without production by Master Promotions Ltd., presenting sponsors TriNav Group of Companies and The Navigator, industry reception sponsors Marindustrial and Twin Disc, event sponsors ADF Diesel, Genrep and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores as well as prize sponsors Canadian Whale Institute, Livingston Lures, Helly Hansen, Maritime Marine Supply, Coastline Cordage Group and Vericatch.

The ECFE is part of a series of shows produced by Master Promotions Ltd. in partnership with The Navigator and TriNav Group of Companies. Other related events include the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show in St. John’s, N.L. and Fish Canada Workboat Canada in Moncton, N.B.

The next North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show is scheduled for November 17–18, 2023, while the next Fish Canada Workboat Canada will take place in 2024.

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