Once again, the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) will be recognizing Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nation fishers across the Atlantic and Quebec Gaspe regions by hosting the second annual APC Fisheries Awards on February 5th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick. The Awards are intended to identify excellence in First Nation fisheries and to inspire and encourage pride in all of the accomplishments First Nation fishers are achieving throughout this region; it has been fourteen years since the Supreme Court of Canada recognized our right to fish commercially under what is now known as the Marshall Decision.

Last year’s awards included: Best Captain, Best Deck Hand, Fisheries Manager of the Year, Best Young Fisher, Best Young Business Person, Fleet Manager of the Year, Best Crew, and last but not least, Exemplary Conduct.  In each category, the nomination is entered in at the first level being the community level. Consecutively, the winner of that category is then moved to the next level, provincial, and then regional. This year’s awards will include an additional category recognizing the utilization and management of the Fisheries Management System (FMS).

“Our organization is pleased to be hosting the second annual awards for First Nation fishers because every year during fishing season, fishers work countless hours and risk their lives to provide food and improve ...

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