Fonds MC 932 - Fundy Weir Fishermen's Association Inc.

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Fundy Weir Fishermen's Association Inc.

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  • 1979-1991 (Creation)
    Fundy Weir Fishermen Association Inc.

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0.7cm of Textual Records

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Administrative history

An association for fishermen in the Bay of Fundy region who engage in weir fishing. The aims of this organization are to provide a forum in which weir fishermen can associate, procure and share information on the latest developments in weir fishing technology and practices, to make rules for the regulation of weir fishing and the marketing of fish products, and to function as a body that can take united action upon maters arising in respect to the fisheries. This association was founded in 1973 when weir fishermen in the Charlotte County region of New Brunswick decided they needed an organization that could represent them in talks with the Government of Canada and New Brunswick concerning fishery regulations. The first president of the association was an experienced weir fisherman named Ernest Wentworth. The association also aimed to serve as a representative to processors concerning the prices and quality of fish catches. It was officially incorporated in 1979, with Walter Kozak serving as the association manager after it’s incorporation.

Aside from what was mentioned earlier, the Fundy Weir Fishermen Association had other aims. One of these was to elevate the social welfare and standing of the weir fishermen who made up the association. An early endeavor by the association along these lines involved the establishment of a catch insurance plan for weir fishermen. The idea was to create an insurance plan which weir fishermen could buy into which would compensate them during a bad year of catches. This endeavor had to be abandoned after 3 years due to a lack of funds.

The Fundy Weir Fishermen Association also sponsored and organized research projects that could yield valuable data to improve the weir fishery. For example, from 1988 to 1989 the association undertook a research project to examine whether halibut could be successfully grown in a weir pound or in a submerged cage.

Since 2015 the Fundy Weir Fishermen Association has been managed by the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association. This association supports Fundy Weir’s current mission to regulate fisheries with the aim of ecological sustainability and the cultural and economic enhancement of local fisheries.

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This fonds contains various administrative documents used for the daily operation of the Fundy Weir Fishermen's Association and a few of its endeavors.

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The documents are in perfect condition aside from a few rust stains from metal paperclips and staples.

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