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Manitoba News Release
April 11, 2007
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Unique Award Recognizes Manitobans With 50 Years Commercial Fishing Experience
Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick today congratulated the 99 recipients of Manitoba’s first Long Service Fisher Award.
“The Long Service Fisher Award recognizes the contribution of Manitobans who have worked the waters of this province harvesting fish for a half-century or more,” said Melnick. “The recipients of this new award have made a lifelong cultural and economic contribution to our province and I’m honoured to recognize their accomplishments.”The minister thanked the Manitoba Commercial Inland Fishers Federation (MCIFF) for its work as a partner in organizing the award.
The awards will be presented at a dinner hosted by Melnick at the MCIFF’s annual general meeting this evening in Portage la Prairie.
Manitobans with 50 years or more of commercial fishing experience are eligible to receive the award that recognizes long-term contributions to the province’s commercial fishing industry. The award proved so popular the nomination deadline was extended from March 28 to April 2.
The commercial fishery is important to the economies of many northern communities and contributes over $50 million annually to the overall provincial economy.
On behalf of the MCIFF, the minister will also assist in the presentation of an Exceptional Contribution Award to recognize fishers from around the province who have made significant and long-term contributions to the commercial fishing industry.
There are more than 3,200 commercially licensed fishers and their helpers in the province, the vast majority of who are of First Nation, Métis or Icelandic descent.
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