The Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association has
approximately 60 seafood companies and associates as members. Our
membership has grown from a core of 32 members in 1996. This growth is a
result of the services that the Association provides to the members and to
the strong record of industry leadership provided on important issues.
The NSFPA employs an Executive
Director and maintains an office with administrative staff in Yarmouth. The
NSFPA has seats on DFO advisory committees, as well as the two main consultative
committees with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Important issues are raised
on behalf of NSFPA members at those advisory committee meetings
The Executive Director provides
members with meeting summaries and industry related information through a
broadcast fax/e-mail service. The NSFPA operates without any government
assistance and acts as a strong lobby on behalf of its members. The Annual
General Meeting was held this year in Yarmouth in early April.
The NSFPA has sector committees
for Lobster, Saltfish, Groundfish, Herring, Inspection Issues and the future of
the Digby Ferry. Additional sector committees are added as the need arises.
Committee meetings are held throughout the year at various locations as needed.
These committees meet to discuss
issues related to the particular sector. The seafood processing and export
sector benefits from having a strong advocate organization like the NSFPA.