Office of the Registrar
General Information (2012/2013)
11.2 Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI)

  • Board of Directors
  • Gregory, G. (Chair), Fisheries Consultant, St. John's, NL
  • Abrahams, Dr. M., Faculty of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bonnell, C., School of Fisheries, Marine Institute
  • Butler, R., Cooke Aquaculture, St. George, NB
  • Chidley, G., Harvester, Renews, NL
  • Lewis, D., Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, NL
  • Linstead, G., Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd., Lance au Loup, NL
  • McGuinness, P., Fisheries Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Miller, A., Open Ocean Systems, Saint John, NB
  • Penney, C. , Clearwater Seafood Ltd., Bedford, NS
  • Pryor M., Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, St. John's, NL
  • Stewart, S., Confederation Cove Mussell Co., Borden-Carlton, PE
  • Sullivan, B., Ocean Choice PEI, Souris, PE
  • Thompson, G., Fundy North Fishermen's Association, Dipper Harbour, NB
  • Verge, R., Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, St. John's, NL
  • Whyatt, S., Harvester, St. John's, NL

Management and Administrative Staff

  • Managing Director
  • Verge, R., B.Eng. NSTC, M.B.A. York, P.Eng., CA, CMC
  • Executive Assistant
  • Horan, C., B.A. Memorial
  • Industrial Liaison Officer
  • MacNeil, S., B.Sc. Memorial, Adv. Dip Marine Institute
  • Industrial Liaison Officer
  • Chapman, A., B.Comm., Memorial
  • Secretarial Officer
  • Brophy, A.

Located at the Fisheries and Marine Institute, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation is owned by Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Centre provides scientific research and technology services to the fishing industry. Working closely with the faculty and staff of the region's universities and technical institutes, the Centre provides expert assistance in the areas of aquaculture, harvesting and processing, with the aim of enhancing the industry's productivity and profitability. CCFI's activities also include resource conservation research, equipment development and marine biotechnology. The Centre's services are available to anyone in the fishery or aquaculture industry who wishes to overcome obstacles or meet opportunities through science and technology.

CCFI is an organization structured to meet the needs of the industry quickly and efficiently. The Industrial Liaison Officers collaborate directly with clients to develop and execute industrially relevant research and development projects.


The organization works with industry clients to identify needs. It then collaborates with scientific and technical faculty and staff to devise solutions to meet those needs. CCFI works to ensure that the initiatives are organized, on time and directed to address the specific needs of the industry clients. The Centre also funds these projects, when required.

The Centre's research and development undertakings cover all areas of importance to the fishery and aquaculture industry:

  1. Environmentally Sustainable Harvesting

  2. Energy Efficiency

  3. Utilization of Fish Wastes

  4. Resource Assessment and Surveys

  5. Improved and More Efficient Fishing Platforms

  6. Human Resource/Technology Applications

  7. Alternative Fish and Shellfish Species for Aquaculture

  8. Efficiency and Profitability in Aquaculture

  9. Resolving Environmental Issues in Aquaculture

With strong representation from industry, the Board of Directors oversees the direction and mandate of the Centre to ensure that its work is always relevant to the needs of the fishery.