6th Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvester’s Human Resource Conference and General Assembly

January 31, 2012

The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) will be hosting their 6th Human Resource Conference and General Assembly at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia from February 6th to the 8th, 2012. This event takes place every three years and is an opportunity CCPFH to hear from and to reach out to fish harvesters across Canada.

“We have put together an exciting and focused agenda, bringing together experts and key informants to our conference” said John Sutcliffe, Executive Director of CCPFH. “We hope that those who are able to join us find it an interesting, challenging and informative few days.”

The Human Resource Conference portion of the event will take place on the Monday, February 6 and will focus on renewal and safety in the Canadian fish harvesting industry and how it relates to human resources issues. Attendees will select either the renewal or safety topic and will participate in workshops, discussions and have an opportunity to speak with panelists on the topic they selected.

The second portion of the event is the General Assembly. The assembly will include workshops on defining the key elements of industry sustainability, reports back from the Human Resource portion of the assembly,current initiatives from the Council, a workshop on the role of the Council in the future, regional caucuses and a presentation from Ecotrust on Thisfish. CCPFH will also be having it's elections.

“CCPFH, its members and fish harvesters across Canada look forward to the General Assembly. It brings together a large group of fish harvesters from different types of fisheries and allows CCPFH to get extensive feedback from them and hear what common issues and concerns are” said Earle McCurdy. “This event gives guidance and allows CCPFH to derive priorities and its direction for the next three years.”


The event is open to all. Cost for the Human Resource Conference is $100.00 and $200.00 for the General Assembly. Registration will take place on Sunday, February 5th from 4:30 to 9:00 pm and Monday, February 6th from 7:30 to 9:30 am.


CCPFH and Thisfish / Ecotrust Canada are co-hosting a reception for fish harvesters and invited guests at the Vancouver Aquarium. All seafood canapés and fish served at the reception will be traceable back to the fisherman who caught it through Thisfish’ groundbreaking traceability system.

The event celebrates Thisfish’s first full year in which almost five million pounds of seafood were traced on Canada’s East and West Coasts. The reception will be a unique opportunity for those in Non-Governmental Organizations, food, restaurant and hospitality sectors to learn about Thisfish and connect with the fish harvesters.

This event is included in the General Assembly package; there is no need for registration. Those wishing to attend must register by Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 with Eric Tamm, Head of Marketing and Communications for Ecotrust at eric@thisfish.info.


The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is a non-profit organization that ensures the health and vitality of the Canadian fishing industry.

CCPFH’s main objective is to ensure that fish harvesters have the required knowledge and skills for their trade and to meet the human resource needs of the Canadian fishing industry now and in the future.


Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit whose purpose is to build the conservation economy in coastal BC and beyond. They work at the intersection of conservation and community economic development promoting innovation and providing services for communities, First Nations and enterprises to gren and grow their local economies.