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It has been eight years since I joined Freshwater ~ eight interesting years that have flown by as each day brought different decisions to be made, issues to resolve or opportunities to leverage.
Once again, I have the opportunity to introduce a new Board member to our team. Mickey Wharton joined the Freshwater Board at our July 2014 meeting.
During my time at Freshwater I have worked closely with the Board of Directors. There have been several people appointed to the Board over the years. This spring, three new individuals were appointed. Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Freshwater’s latest Board members.
After much public debate the province of Manitoba has declared the walleye as one of the new identifiers for the heritage and history of the province.
On Friday March 7th, a number of us from Freshwater attended a memorial service for David Tomasson.
David, who was the Chair of Freshwater’s Board of Directors since August 2010, passed away on February 14, 2014.
During the service, we heard how David was passionate about his family, his many friends, his career in the Manitoba government, operating his own consulting business, and as a fourth generation commercial fisher.
Freshwater Fish has a polarizing effect – it seems people either support us or hate us.
Those who support us are truly a silent majority while the minority who oppose us continue to present themselves as representing all fishers, making their opinions known both to us and the public and frequently soliciting media coverage.
Freshwater Fish is committed to sustainability – and we continue to work towards eco-certification.
Eco-certification is a third-party endorsement of the sustainability of our freshwater fish stocks, which dates back to a European movement to end over-fishing practices.
Eco-certification is a provincial responsibility and Freshwater Fish is working closely with the province and Intertek Moody Marine – a company licensed to assess and certify fish stocks on behalf of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
According to a Recent Survey, The Majority of Fishers Agree
Between May 24 and June 7, 2013 active commercial fishers in Manitoba were randomly selected to take part in a phone survey.
Over the past two years or so there have been many claims that the majority of commercial fishers were unhappy with Freshwater Fish as the only purchaser of their catch. Our communications company set out to test the accuracy of this claim.
Before Freshwater installed the new tunnel freezer and frozen grading line, there were multiple starts and stops along the way as fish moved through the plant on processing lines designed and installed as long as 40+ years ago.
First, fish to be sold as frozen fillets would move from the filleting and trimming lines to be once-frozen and stored for grading at a later date.
When scheduled for grading, the totes would be brought out and fed into the grader by a forklift operator.
By John Wood, CEO