A Man with a Passion for Oysters

October 24, 2012


Oyster dories

Oysters are known to inject passion into your life, but we think it’s partially due to the person who plucked it from the waters. There’s a man in Prince Edward Island whose passion for oysters has him out at sea at the age of 82 and he’ll tell you without skipping a beat that he’d rather be there than anywhere else. The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) followed Clifford Bernard this summer on his dory and filmed him as he showed us the ropes. The video is now available on Youtube at http://youtu.be/zBzgzjyX5XQ

“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 third installment in a series of videos being created by the CCPFH shadows Mr. Bernard and his work day in Bedeque.  He speaks openly about the oyster grounds and his thoughts on how environmental changes have affected the area as well as what he believes needs to be done to ensure an oyster fishery in the 
future. 
 
“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.”
 
Clifford admits that he’s often asked what he’s doing out on the water and his response is: “I’m out there because I love it. If you want to sit at home in your rocking chair, go ahead! It’s not for me!” and with that said, we believe that’s when passion is injected into the oyster.
 
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.