Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition 2015
Yarmouth, NS – The Mariners Centre in Yarmouth once again welcomed the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition this past weekend, February 6-7, 2015. Held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, this is Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show.
With exhibitors and attendees from throughout the Maritimes – as well as across the country and even the Eastern United States – the current strength of the industry was apparent. The event welcomed 3,754 qualified buyers, the highest attendance seen in years.
“Strong attendance and strong sales have been underlying themes throughout our grouping of fisheries shows – including the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show, and Fish Canada Workboat Canada,” said Show Manager Shawn Murphy. “The industry is in an upswing right now. Show visitors were interested and wanting to talk to exhibitors and had money to spend. We’re even hearing reports of boatbuilders having orders through 2019. It’s a great time for the fishing industry!”
“This year’s show was once again a huge success for New Way Diesel,” said Mike Freigy, Branch Manager. “Events like this are a key part of our business – bringing us face-to-face with new and existing customers and driving our business for the next several months. We also get the opportunity to network with industry-related business. A quality event with all the right ingredients; we’re already looking forward to the 2017 show!”
“The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition was great exposure for our business,” said Bain Blois, president of Blois Fish Processing Automation Ltd. “We met many of our existing clients, along with some new and potential customers. Having the space to show our equipment in action generated a lot of interest and resulted in some great sales for us. The show was well-run and well-organized and we look forward to the next one!”
“We were thrilled with this year’s show,” said Lloyd d’Eon, General Manager at Vernon d'Eon Fishing Supplies Ltd. “It was by far the best edition in the last few years; we had strong leads and met some interesting new suppliers.”
“As a first time attendee at the Eastern Canada Fisheries Exposition, not only was I surprised by the quality of visitors but also the all-around organization of the event,” said Jacques Collet, Éclairage CBM Lighting. “We have taken part in numerous marine-related shows, but this one was by far the most profitable for our dollars invested in this type of event.”
In addition to an extensive collection of marine and commercial fisheries products and services, the 2015 edition of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition also featured an exciting seminar program as well as the latest group of inductions into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame.
This special recognition was created in 2008 by the Navigator and Master Promotions Ltd. to pay a lasting tribute to individuals who have made valuable contributions in the marine industry. Congratulations to all nominees and the 2015 inductees: EUGENE O’LEARY from Upper Whitehead, NS (Mariner category); ADLAI CUNNINGHAM from Clark’s Harbour, NS (Processor category); and STANLEY GREENWOOD from North East Point, NS (Builder category).
Thank you to the presenters who participated in the 2015 seminar series: Geoff Irvine and the Lobster Council of Canada; Ray Belliveau, Owner, Charlesville Fisheries Ltd.; Stewart Franck, CRSP, Executive Director, Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia; and Captain Pierre Murray, Transportation Safety Board. The sessions were extremely well-attended and well-received by visitors.
The success of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition would not be possible without the ongoing and generous support of the show’s presenting sponsors: TRINAV Group and the Navigator. Show management would also like to thank Marindustrial Inc., Twin Disc, Vernon d’Eon Fishing Supplies Ltd., A.L. LeBlanc Ltd., Novabraid, Yarmouth Forklift, Atlantic Cat, Atlantic Crane & Material Handling, Globalstar, Polysteel Atlantic Ltd., and Mermaid Marine.
The next edition of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition will take place in 2017. Show dates and details will be posted online at www.EasternCanadianFisheriesExpo.ca once they have been determined.
Planning is also well underway for the next Fish Canada Workboat Canada, taking place January 22-23, 2016 in Moncton, NB. Visit www.FCWC.ca for all of the exciting details.
Shawn Murphy, Show Manager
Master Promotions Ltd.