Who we are

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada.  The ACFFA represents salmon producers in addition to a wide range of supporting companies and organizations.  

Although the vast majority of finfish farmers grow salmon, many companies have expanded to include other finfish species such as cod, trout and arctic char as well as mussels and seaweeds from integrated multi-trophic aquaculture farms.

The ACFFA, formerly known as the New Brunswick Salmon Growers’ Association (NBSGA), has represented New Brunswick salmon farmers since 1987.

Our vision

Atlantic Canada’s finfish aquaculture industry will continue to be an innovative, competitive economic sector that is globally recognized for sustainable finfish production.

Our mission

To provide value to our members by continuing to be a strong, regional voice on behalf of the industry and by taking a leadership role in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize growth potential, advance fish health and welfare, encourage innovation, research and environmental stewardship while increasing socio-economic benefits within our communities.

Association goals

  • Build effective structures and relationships that support the sustainable growth of the Atlantic Canadian finfish aquaculture industry
  • Maintain our position as a world leader in fish health initiatives that support the production of safe, high-quality farmed finfish
  • Support scientific research and technological development that is industry-driven and ensures the ongoing sustainability of an innovative Atlantic Canadian finfish aquaculture industry
  • Increase the positive awareness of Atlantic Canada’s finfish farming industry
  • Provide value to our members as a strong representative organization managed effectively and efficiently

2015/2016 ACFFA Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is elected from the membership:

Nell Halse (Vice Chair)
Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

Larry Ingalls (Chair)
Northern Harvest Sea Farms

 
Bob Sweeney (Secretary/Treasurer) Sweeney International Marine Corp.

Bob Sweeney (Secretary/Treasurer)
Sweeney International Marine Corp.

Bev Bacon RDI Strategies

Bev Bacon
RDI Strategies

 
Morton Benson Benson Aquaculture

Morton Benson
Benson Aquaculture

Peter Bourque Mitchell McConnell Insurance

Peter Bourque
Mitchell McConnell Insurance

 
Ben Forward Research and Productivity Council

Ben Forward
Research and Productivity Council

Jonathan Gagne Enterprise Shippagan & International Seafood and Bait

Jonathan Gagne
Enterprise Shippagan & International Seafood and Bait

 
Allison MacKinnon Elanco

Allison MacKinnon
Elanco

David Seeley Skretting North America

David Seeley
Skretting North America

 
Len Stewart Ocean Salmon Farms

Len Stewart
Ocean Salmon Farms

Tom Taylor Northeast Nutrition Inc

Tom Taylor
Northeast Nutrition Inc

 

ACFFA Staff

A dedicated team of full-time, part-time and contract individuals staff the ACFFA:

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director

Tobi Taylor
Operations Manager

Betty House
Research and Development Coordinator

Kathy Kaufield
Communications Director

Jim Hanley
Wharf Manager

ACFFA Members

Salmon Producer Members

Northern Harvest Sea Farms
Contact: Larry Ingalls
204 Limekiln Road
Letang, NB E5C 2AB
Tel: (506) 755-6192
Web: www.northernharvestseafarm.com

 

Aqua Fish Farms
Contact: Len Stewart
874 Main Street
Blacks Harbour, NB E5H 1E6
Tel:  506-456-6600

Benson Aquaculture
Contact: Morton Benson
6 Old Factory Round Turn
Grand Manan, NB E5G 2J4
Tel: 506-662-3502    

Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
Contact: Nell Halse- VP Communications
874 Main Street
Blacks Harbour, NB E5H 1E6
Tel: (506) 456-6600
Web: www.cookeaqua.com
Web: www.truenorthsalmon.com
Web: www.heritagesalmon.com
Web: www.aquaculturegrowsns.com

Feed Company Members

Skretting
Contact: David Seeley
PO Box 3940
St. Andrews, NB E5B 3S7
Tel: (506) 529-5405
Web: www.skretting.ca

Northeast Nutrition
Contact: Tom Taylor
494 Willow Street
Truro, NS B2N 6X8
Tel: (506) 755-1426    

 

Associate Members

AMIRIX
Contact:  Brad Rodgers
20 Angus Morton Dr.
Bedford, NS  B4B 0L9
Email: brad.rodgers@amirix.com
Website: www.vemco.com
Ph:  1.902.450.1700
Fx. 1-902-450-1704

Aqua Pharma Inc.
Contact: Amund Litlabo
22 King Street
Saint John, NB E2L 1G3
Email: armund@aqua-pharma.no
Web: www.aquatic.as

Atlantic Veterinary College
Contact: Larry Hammell- Fish Health Coordinator
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3
Tel: 902-566-0609
Web: www.upei.ca/avc    

Big Falls Fish Growers Ltd.
Contact:  Roger Hammond
1165 Black River Rd., RR #1
Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R1
Web:  www.bigfallsfish.com

Dartek
Contact:  Doug MacEachern
RR #1, 620 Arbuckle Rd.
Merigomish, NS  B0K 1G0
Tel:  (902) 926-2631

Don Atkinson Trucking
PO Box 841
40 Adamant Drive
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
Tel: 902-875-3281

Downeast Plastics Ltd
Contact: Doreen Vienneau
2598 Chemin Acadie
Cap-Pele, NB E4N 1E3
Tel: 1-888-577-3696
E-Mail: sales@downeastplastics.com
Web: www.downeastplastics.com

Dover Fish Hatchery
Contact:  Mike Murray
RR #3, 5328 48 Rd.
Cardigan, PE  C0A 1G0
Tel:  (902) 583-2952

Elanco
Contact: Allison MacKinnon
37 McCarville Street
Charlottetown, PE C1E 2A7
Tel: 902-569-1495 Fax: 902-569-1495
Web: www.novartis.com

Enterprise Shippagan & International Seafood and Bait
262 Boul. J.D. Gathier
Shippagan, NB  E8S 1R1
Contact:  Jonathan Gagne
(506) 336-2213

EWOS Canada Ltd.
Braden Hatt – Hatchery & Sales Specialist
7721-132nd Street
Surrey, BC  V3W 4M8
 Tel: 604-209-7470
Email:  Braden.Hatt@ewos.com

Future Nets & Supplies
Contact: Clarence Blanchard- President
48 Armstrong Loop Road
Pennfield, NB E5H 1W7
Tel: 506-755-6728
Web: www.futurenets.net

 

Huntsman Marine Science Center


Contact: Dr. James A. Smith
1 Lower Campus Road
St. Andrews, NB, Canada  E5B 2L7
Tel:  (506) 529-1200
Fax: (506) 529-1212
Email:  huntsman@huntsmanmarine.ca

Marsh Canada Ltd
Contact: Ernie Marcoux
1801 Hollis Street, Suite 1300
Halifax, NS B3J 3N4
Tel: 902-490-2100
Web: www.marsh.ca

Merck Animal Health
Contact: Kasha Cox
418 Tredwell Drive
Madison MS 39110
Web: www.merck-animal-health.com

Merlin Fish Farms
Contact:  Paul Merlin
492 Greenville Station
Wentworth Valley, NS  B0M 1Z0
Tel:  (902) 548-2687

Mitchell McConnell Insurance Ltd
Contact: Peter Bourque
660 Rothesay Ave
Saint John, NB E2H 2H4
Tel: 506-634-7200 Fax: 506-633-1858
Web: www.mitchellmcconnell.com    

Ocean Trout Farms Inc.
Contact: Cameron McDonald
Box 249
Coldwater, ON  
L0K 1E0
Tel:  (705) 686-7756

Phibro Animal Health Corporation
Contact: Michael Foti, Director
27 Lantern Street, Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 2M6 Tel: 519-653-4151
Web: www.pach.com

PHARMAQ AS
Contact: Nils Steine
Harbitzalléen 2A, 0275 Oslo,
P.O.Box 267 Skøyen, N-0213 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 90 66 35 75  Fax: +47 23 29 85 01
Web: www.pharmaq.no     

RDI Strategies
Contact: Bev Bacon
106 London Court
Fredericton, NB E3B 6K9
Tel: 506-459-4455    

Research & Productivity Council (RPC)
Contact: Ben Forward
921 College Hill Road
Fredericton, NB E3B 6Z9
Tel: (506) 452-1365
Web: www.rpc.ca    

Sweeney International Marine Corp
Contact: Bob Sweeney- President
46 Milltown Blvd.
St. Stephen, NB E3L 1G3
Tel: (506) 467-9014
Web: www.simcorp.ca

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies
Contact: Debbie Plouffe
20 Hope Street
Souris PEI C0A 2B0
902-687-1245
Website: aquatechcenter.com

 

Membership Information

Those who are interested in membership within the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association should contact the Association at info@atlanticfishfarmers.com

Become a member 

ACFFA membership is open to any company, institution or individual engaged in growing finfish products commercially, producing feed, research or development activities, education, or providing goods or services to the finfish farming sector in Atlantic Canada.

Corporate membership

  • Open to all salmon or alternative species producers and feed companies
  • All corporate members in good standing will have a seat on the board and full voting privileges
  • Fees range based on gross sales and scope of operations 

Associate membership

  • A firm, organization or individual engaged in research or development activities or in providing goods or services to the finfish farming sector
  • Up to four associate members are elected to the board annually
  • Fees will range based on the size and scope of the enterprise

Membership benefits:

  • Representation at all levels of government on issues of industry importance
  • Regular information and updates relevant to business
  • Networking opportunities to deepen business relationships and contacts
  • Access to a variety ofconferences, workshops, seminars and training opportunities
  • Access to Limekiln Service Center wharf services
  • Opportunities to coollaborate on research and innovation projects
  • Access to an industry-specific support system and working groups
  • Company promotion on our website and social media channels
  • Participation in public education and awareness initiatives

If you are interested in joining the ACFFA, please contact us or complete the appropriate membership application: 

Limekiln Service Centre

The ACFFA owns and operates a service centre/wharf at Limekiln Bay, located near St. George in the heart of the mainland salmon farming area of southwest New Brunswick.  Built in 1992, the service centre provides a link between land and marine-based activities for the aquaculture sector, as well as for other user groups.  

Users of the service centre include:

  • Farming operations
  • Feed suppliers
  • Smolt suppliers
  • Suppliers of nets and other equipment
  • Provincial and federal government aquaculture, fisheries and environment agencies
  • RCMP and military personnel
  • Commercial fishers and rockweed harvesters
  • Recreational fishers and boaters
  • Community members at large

The service centre plays a key role in aquaculture bay management system and fish health management. The salmon aquaculture industry has invested considerable time addressing fish health management. One of the key concerns identified by the industry is boat traffic through different bay areas containing cage sites. The service centre was designed to meet the handling methodologies of its users and to handle vessels up to 100 feet long. It is one of the few wharves in the area that can accommodate vessels of significant size to ground out for cleaning and repairs. The service centre has two launch ramps that are capable of handling load on/load off vessels carrying trucks/trailers with smolt entry and harvest fish. There is also a newly constructed waste oil disposal facility.