Awards for Excellence in the Seafood, Sport Fish and Aquaculture Industries

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig recognized outstanding contributions to three important Nova Scotia industries by presenting the Minister’s Awards of Excellence today, October 13.

« These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in Nova Scotia’s seafood, sport fish and aquaculture industries, » said Minister Craig. « Their outstanding achievements come from their hard work and dedication. »

Recipients of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Awards of Excellence included:

  • Sport Fish Conservation Award – Mike Feltmate
  • Sportfish Development Award – Sali Cunningham and Mary Atkinson
  • Product Development Award – Ocean Pride Fisheries Ltd. (Jules Leblanc, President)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Noël Després
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Corey Mood (posthumous)
  • Industry Development/Advancement Award – First Fisherman Seafoods Ltd. (Hubert Nicholas, director)
  • Special Humanitarian Award – Osborne Burke, Tommy Symes, Stanley Symes, Adam Sams, Dillon Gordon.

The awards ceremony was part of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s 2022 Ministerial Conference, hosted in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s Sea Farmers’ Conference.

Fast facts:

  • Nova Scotia’s seafood industry is the province’s largest exporter and Canada’s leading seafood exporter
  • the seafood industry reached $2.5 billion in exports in 2021



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