Fish Canada Workboat Canada 2016
Moncton, NB – The 2016 edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada took the Moncton Coliseum by storm this past Friday and Saturday, January 22nd and 23rd. By all accounts, this 17th edition of the show exceeded previous editions in terms of size, sales, and overall attendance.
The largest commercial marine tradeshow in the country, Fish Canada Workboat Canada 2016 welcomed 5,532 visitors, a 20% increase over the last edition in 2014.
“I’m so pleased with the show’s success,” said Shawn Murphy, Show Manager. “This was easily the strongest edition of the show in the last decade – highlighting just how healthy the industry is right now. I heard many exhibitors reporting strong sales activity on the show floor and I want to thank everyone involved with the show, including our partners and sponsors, for their hard work in making it such a great achievement.”
Exhibitors echoed the positive sentiments:
“The show was excellent,” said Moe Jabouri with Genrep Ltd. “It was great to see the number of attendees – the busiest I have seen in a while! The fishermen came with purpose and intention… a reflection of the show’s past and present, giving the industry the benefits of cohesive camaraderie. Well done!”
“What a great show! The Moncton Coliseum is a great facility with ample space to show our newest vessel.” said Raymond Daigle with D & J Bait Co. Ltd. “The show was very well attended and we received multiple offers on the displayed boat, even though it was already sold! We did a lot of business on the show floor and have many people to follow up with.”
“This show was well worth the time and effort,” said Sandra Leckie with Gaski Marine. “The steady stream of visitors were primarily fishing people and other key players in the industry. There was rarely a moment without several people looking at our display, asking questions and getting prices,” she added. “We received multiple requests for quotes on a new product we introduced within 36 hours of the show; it was a positive experience in every sense!”
Show attendees were eager to check out new and innovative commercial fisheries products, as well as a wide range of high quality boats – from smaller inflatables to a newly completed Northumberland style Samson 45’ by D & J Bait Co. Another popular draw was the ‘Lobster Roll’ custom-designed motorcycle.
A comprehensive seminar series was also offered as part of a strong, industry-focused educational program. Additionally, three honorees were inducted to the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame at the show: Walter Bruce (Mariner); Normand LeBlanc (Processor); and Klaus Sonnenberg (Builder).
Next up will be the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show, taking place November 18-19, 2016 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on that event, visit www.NAFISH.ca.
Shawn Murphy, Show Manager
Master Promotions Ltd.