Hoping Others Will Follow in His Footsteps

September 19, 2012

Chasseur d'écumes crew


Jeff Vollant and the crew of his ship “Chasseur d’écumes” are a feisty bunch. They are a boisterous and cheerful group and when it’s time to start catching crab they know how to get the task done. That’s what the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) found out as they went onboard with the crew in June to film the crab fishery. What’s particularly interesting is that all the crew are Innus. The “Chasseur d’écumes” and its crew are the second group to be featured in a series filmed for the CCPFH. The video is now available here.
“We’re exploring the personal side of the fish harvesting industry, telling a story about the fish harvesters, their community and ultimately how seafood makes its way to the consumer’s plate” said John Sutcliffe, Executive Director of the CCPFH. “We want to reignite interest in the industry as a career and also to reacquaint Canadians with the value this industry brings to our economy.”
The video travels along with Jeff Vollant and his crew of crab harvesters in the Sept-Îles area and reveals the roles of each of the crew members and how they work closely together as a team. The program created by Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht (AMIK), gives employment opportunities to Innus from two nearby communities. It’s a unique and successful program. Jeff admits that he’s become quite passionate about his profession and would love to see others take part in the program and find the pride and the joy he’s found in what he does.  The crew was good natured and were great hosts to the filming crew as they got footage for the video.    
“We’re very excited about this series,” said John Sutcliffe. “Our work at the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is seen in every aspect of the fish harvester’s day, from safety to the best way to market their catch. We are showing what our organization is about through the actions of Canadian fish harvesters. Few people are aware of the challenges harvesters face and the pride they have in their work.”
The videos are part of a project being funded by the Government of Canada and is being produced by Kobb Media for the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters.