CANADIAN SEAFOOD PROCESSING ASSOCIATIONS JOIN FORCES
Canadian seafood processing associations join forces. The seafood processing sector in Newfoundland and Labrador has come together in one association. The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) and Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador (SPONL) have come together under the umbrella of ASP, and now represents 25 members. The goal is to build a more effective single association to be the voice of the sector.
“This is an important milestone in building an improved, stronger industry trade association for the seafood processing sector,” says Derek Butler, Executive Director of ASP. “Today’s news is good news, and we can all get further by working together, and that includes processors together with harvesters, with all levels of government and other stakeholders,” says Butler.
“Working together in 2020 around COVID proved the value of cooperation,” said Francis Littlejohn, formerly Executive Director of the Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador (SPONL). “The goal now is to contribute to a more cohesive voice for a united processing sector in this important industry.” Littlejohn will join the staff of ASP, and brings a wealth of industry experience to the table.
The Association also announced it has hired a new Manager of Communications and Membership Engagement. Sara Sullivan has extensive experience in the private and public sectors, and is a graduate of Memorial University, and holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.
The seafood industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is a key economic driver exporting to over 30 countries worldwide, generating well over $1B in sales annually. Seafood processing is the largest private sector employer in the province and producers are often the largest employers in rural communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.