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General Information (2007/2008)
10.3 Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI)

Located at the Fisheries and Marine Institute, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation is owned by Memorial University of Newfoundland and supported by the Atlantic Innovation Fund. The Centre provides scientific research and technology services to the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada. 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 the scientific and technological faculty and staff of the universities and technical colleges of Atlantic Canada 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. Food Safety Systems

  3. Utilization of Fish Waste

  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.

Board of Directors

  • Gregory, G. (Chair)
  • Quinlan Brothers, St. John's, NL
  • Andrews, R.
  • St. John's, NL
  • Apold, W.
  • TAVEL Group, Halifax, NS
  • Bonnell, D.
  • School of Fisheries, Fisheries and Marine Institute, St. John's, NL
  • Butler, R.
  • Cooke Aquaculture, St. George, NB
  • Chidley, G.
  • Independent Harvester, Renews, NL
  • Davis, C.
  • St. Anthony Seafoods, St. Anthony, NL
  • Coady, S.
  • Bonaventure Fisheries, St. John's, NL
  • D'Entremont, J.G.
  • Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, Ottawa, ON
  • Evans, H.
  • Fishery, Food and Allied Worker's Union, St. John's, NL
  • Hennessey, F.
  • Independent Harvester, Souris, PEI
  • Hognason, G.
  • Clearwater Fine Foods, Halifax, NS
  • Kenny, K.
  • Marport, St. John's, NL
  • Lucas, Dr. R.
  • Dean of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
  • Ritchie, Dr. R.
  • Research and Productivity Council, Fredericton, NB
  • Roche, S.
  • Consultant, St. John's, NL

Management and Administrative Staff

  • Managing Director (Acting)
  • Horan, C., B.A. Memorial
  • Executive Assistant
  • Vacant
  • Industrial Liaison Officer, Aquaculture
  • Kielly, M., B.A., B.Comm, Memorial
  • Industrial Liaison Officer, Processing and Harvesting
  • Bonnell, C., B.Sc., Advanced Diploma, Fisheries Development
  • Industrial Liaison Officer, Maritimes
  • Chapman, A., B. Comm., Memorial
  • Secretarial Officer
  • Brophy, A.
  • Accountant
  • Kearsey, M., B.A., Memorial