by Christina King, Project Officer, AICFI

One of Eskasoni’s fishing boats, Uncle Roddie Gould.

One of Eskasoni’s fishing boats, Uncle Roddie Gould.

The shore of Cape Breton Island’s Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia is the home of the Eskasoni First Nation, the largest Mi’kmaw community in the world and the largest Aboriginal community in Atlantic Canada. Eskasoni is also the home of one of the largest and most productive Aboriginal commercial fishery operations in the region. In order to keep up with demand for its seafood products and continue the growth of their commercial fishery business, band owned and operated Crane Cove Seafoods recently expanded its fleet of fishing vessels to eight with the acquisition of a newly constructed 55 foot vessel the “Uncle Roddie Gould” to harvest snow crab. The community’s current fleet of commercial fishing vessels ranges from 38 to 65 f ...

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