FCWC Makes Strong Return in 2024, Reporting Over 7,000 Attendees

The 2024 edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada, presented by The Navigator Magazine and Master Promotions, was a resounding success, seeing over 7,000 in attendance throughout the two-day event.

Visitors from all over Atlantic Canada and beyond flocked to the Moncton Coliseum Complex on January 19 and 20 to see exhibitors who showcased the latest technologies and services available to the commercial fisheries, fish processing, aquaculture and other marine sectors.

“We had truly an amazing turnout at this year’s edition,” said Shawn Murphy, Show Manager. “Exhibitors reported great conversations with visitors, and everything ran smoothly from the show team’s end. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

Margaret Johnson, N.B. Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, presenting the Builder award to Luc LeBlanc of the MFU, accepting on behalf of Ruth Inniss. Photos by Nick Travis

The first day of FCWC marked the 2024 edition of the Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries Hall of Fame, where inductees are recognized for their contributions to the marine industry. Inductees are recognized in three categories — Builder, which recognizes those who have made contributions without having directly participated, such as industry advocates, organizers and boat builders; Mariner, for anyone who works on the water in any marine industry, and Processor, for anyone involved in the processing industry, from line workers to company owners.

The winner of the Mariner award was the late Tony Carter of Prince Edward Island. Carter began fishing in his teenage years with his uncle until he managed to buy him out at the age of 23. From then on, Carter’s even-temper and head for collaboration made him an instrumental member of many boards and organizations, including the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, the LFA 24 Lobster Advisory Committee, Groundfish Advisory Committee, Red Head Harbour Authority and the Eastern Kings Fishermen’s Association.

Minister Johnson alongside Emma Carter, accepting the Mariner award on behalf of her father Tony and Joel Richards, accepting the Processor award on behalf of Glenn Cooke.

In the Builder category was fisheries advisor Ruth Inniss from Prince Edward Island. Inniss’ career in the fishing industry began in 2000, when she was assigned to create a newsletter for the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). This initiative transformed into the P.E.I. Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (PEICPFH). This idea, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH), was new for the province’s inshore harvesters. From here, Inniss joined the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) as a Nova Scotia organizer. Inniss believes it is paramount for fishing communities to remain vibrant and she believes that working with other like-minded organizations and maintaining strong memberships can achieve these goals.

The Builder category inductee was Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc., a family-owned seafood farming and distribution company established in 1985 in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick by Glenn, his brother Michael and their father Gifford. They started small, running a single marine farm site containing 5,000 salmon. Over the years, they pursued aggressive growth, focusing on acquisitions and species diversification until the company grew into a global seafood company with 13,000 employees in 14 different countries. The Cooke family of companies ships over one billion pounds of seafood products annually, has been recognized for 18 consecutive years as one of Canada’s best managed companies and is one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers.

Later on, guests were treated to a light fare seafood and drink reception at the Delta hotel sponsored by The Navigator, TriNav Group of Companies, Twin Disc and Marindustrial.

Coming up on January 17–18, 2025, is the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia’s Mariner’s Centre. Details about the show will be revealed at www.ecfx.ca.

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