Portrait of Newfoundland Shrimp Fishing

April 9, 2014


Chad Spence

The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is releasing the last video of its fish harvesters across Canada series. This last video follows Dwight, Chad and Ashley Spence and Wade Rumbolt on the Cape Ashley in Port Aux Choix, Newfoundland. This multi-generational fish harvesting family has been fishing shrimp in northern Newfoundland for years and we were lucky enough to hop aboard to see just how it’s done. Their video can now be viewed on the CCPFH website or through Youtube at http://youtu.be/1fLIXk3FkuE

“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.”

Chad Spence narrates the video. Sharing his outlook about the sometimes uncertain future of the industry, Chad also expresses his hope for a prosperous future and the intergenerational transfer of fish harvesting knowledge. As we ride along on the Cape Ashley, Chad shows us the gear and the work involved both on the boat and the preparation work on shore. The job certainly doesn’t start when the boat leaves the dock nor does it end when it arrives.

“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.