Mission Statement

The Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council (NSFSC) is dedicated to planning and implementing human resource development strategies to attract new entrants to aquaculture, fish harvesting and processing careers, and promoting competitiveness and higher quality standards for seafood products.

What we do

  • Identify Human Resource concerns within the sectors and seek out and propose solutions
  • Identify skill requirements
  • Share information related to national and provincial sector initiatives
  • Promote Professionalization and Certification
  • Assist in fostering a safety culture
  • Respond to referrals and inquiries from government, organizations/associations and individuals
  • Verify curriculum is current and conforms to industry standards
  • Verify instructor qualifications are current and conform to industry standards
  • Assist in the promotion of the fishing industry to the public school system
  • Develop a training culture which relates to sector conditions and needs
  • Research and development of industry supported projects
  • Communicate industry needs to public and private trainers
  • Promote the industry as a viable source of employment
  • Assist in attracting and retaining labour in the industry
  • Assist in developing better hr planning practices
  • Improve capacity in the industry

Board of Directors 2023-2024

Ginny Boudreau
Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association

Jean Chiasson
Fish Processor

Donelda MacAskill
St. Anne’s Fishermen’s Association

Brock Zinck
Xsealent Seafood Company

Michael Richardson
Fisherman/Eastern Shore Fisherman Protective Association

Kris Vascotto
NS Seafood Alliance

Artie Graham
Inverness South Fisherman’s Association

Stanley Symes
North of Smokey Fishermen’s Association

Nolan D’Eon
Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia

Ron Heighton
Northumberland Fishermen’s Association

Erin Purcell
Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia

Dan Fleck
Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association

Penny Smith
Shelburne County Quota Group

Alain d’Entremont
Scotia Harvest Seafoods/Marro Management Inc

Leonard LeBlanc
Gulf NS Fleet Planning Board

Advisory  Board 2023-2024

Judy Lynch
NS Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration

Duane Dakin
NS Community College School of Fisheries

Cyril Boudreau
NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Kerri Graham
Fisheries & Oceans Canada – Maritimes Region

Ron Pumphrey
Fisheries & Oceans Canada – Gulf Region

Rob Freake
Transport Canada