A rare glimpse at fishing in a haunting, icy expanse

A rare glimpse at fishing in a haunting, icy expanse

Storytelling doesn't get much better than this. 

Fish harvesters from across Canada are being featured in a series of short, vivid videos produced for the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) and uploaded to YouTube. In February, a film crew visited Dauphin River in Manitoba and got a rare glimpse of the technique used for commercial ice fishing. 

Helgi, Dale and Kris Einarsson welcomed the film crew to their community and showed them what kind of fish they catch and how they catch it during the winter season. The community, which normally has approximately 65 commercial fish harvesters, has been in a state of evacuation for some time due to massive flooding. Helgi, Dale and Kris were happy to go out on the ice to demonstrate their fishery.

“We’re very excited about this series,” said John Sutcliffe, Executive Director of the CCPFH. “[The videos show] every aspect of the fish harvester’s day, from safety to the best way to market their catch. It provides a seldom seen glimpse of the industry. It depicts the lives of harvesters and their communities. Few people have a chance to see challenges harvesters face and the pride they have in their work. I believe it may change people’s perception of the owner/operator fish harvesting industry.”

Besides the Dauphin River ice fishing story, future videos will include lobster fishing in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, oyster fishing in the French River area of Prince Edward Island, crab and shrimp fishing in Newfoundland, and fishing in Sept-Îles, Quebec, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The videos are part of a project being funded by the Government of Canada and is being produced by Kobb Media for the CCPFH. In 2010, the CCPFH partnered with Ecotrust Canada to pilot Thisfish's traceability system in the Atlantic lobster fishery. The video of lobster fishing in Meteghan will feature fish harvesters who participated in the traceability pilot project.

About the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters

The CCPFH is a member based non-profit organization that represents fish harvesters across the country and wants to ensure the health and vitality of the Canadian fishing industry. CCPFH’s main objective is to ensure that fish harvesters have the required knowledge and skills for their trade and to meet the human resource needs of the Canadian fishing industry now and in the future.