Fish Harvesters to Meet in Charlottetown

April 19, 1995

Canada’s fishery is facing big changes.

Canada’s fish harvesters are uniting for the first time to ensure their voice helps shape those changes. Creating that single voice is the key goal of the Constitutional convention of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23. The convention will be in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

About 100 fishermen and representatives from across Canada are expected to establish the structure of the new organization. They will set a strategic plan to promote the harvesters’ perspective on fisheries Issues.

Three events will be of most interest to media. All are at the Charlottetown Hotel. All times noted are Atlantic Daylight Time.

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Honourable Walter Bradley, Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will welcome delegates to the province.

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m.
Members of the Founding Committee of the CCPFH will brief media on the goals of the CCPFH, expectations for the convention and issues facing harvesters and their communities.

Media are welcome at convention sessions that morning. One will focus on the need for a national harvesters’ organization. Another will discuss the recent document, " CREATING NEW WEALTH FROM THE SEA". This offers an analysis of the Atlantic fishery’s contribution to Canada’s economy. It also sets out principles for a renewed Atlantic fishery.

Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m.
A wrap-up press conference will discuss the results of the convention and next steps for fish harvesters.


You can see the media release in its original format here.