Baffin Fisheries Donates $50,000 to Nunavut Communities

IQALUIT, NU December 18, 2015 – The Board of Directors of Baffin Fisheries Coalition (Baffin Fisheries) is pleased to announce a $50,000 financial contribution to five charitable organizations sponsored by its shareholders. Baffin Fisheries is 100% owned by five Nunavut Hunters and Trapper Associations (HTAs): Amarok, Pangnirtung, Mayukalik, Mittimakalik and Namautaq.  Each HTA will receive $10,000 to support local community organizations.

The first donation was presented to Tununiq Ikajuqtiit (Pond Inlet Food Bank) by Mittimakalik Board member Leo Mucktar.

Leo Mucktar BFC HTA donation
From left, Tununiq Ikajuqtiit, Food Bank director and initiator; Ruben Arnakallak, Vice-President; Patrick Sangoya, Tununiq Sauniq Co-op Manager; Louise England, Bobby Aglak; Leo Mucktar, Director of Baffin Fisheries, presenting the cheque; Rhoda Nutarak; and front centre, Susanne Kadloo, Food Bank director.

“We are pleased to be able to give back to our communities at this time of year,” said Baffin Fisheries President Jacopie Maniapik. “This has been a year of growth and investment to ensure long-term benefits for our communities, but also a good year financially thanks to the hard work of our employees.”

Baffin Fisheries employs up to 200 men and women annually. Approximately 50 per cent of crew members are from Nunavut. Baffin Fisheries produces premium cold water turbot and shrimp from the waters around Baffin Island. The company is involved in developing new inshore and offshore fisheries and conducting scientific research regarding emerging fisheries.

Health, Safety and Environment Statement

Baffin Fisheries considers effective Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) Management to be of the utmost importance to its business. The objective of our company HS&E Program is to prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illness, and to promote health, safety and the protection of the environment in every task undertaken by employees on behalf of the company.

About Baffin Fisheries Coalition

Baffin Fisheries is a 100% Inuit-owned organization based in Nunavut. Baffin Fisheries shareholders have made significant investments into vessel ownership, and are 100% owners of two factory freezer fixed gear vessels and two large factory freezer multi species trawlers.

For further information please contact:

 

Jacopie Maniapik, President Chris Flanagan, Media Relations
Baffin Fisheries Baffin Fisheries
867-979-3066 709-325-0679 (cell)
 

www.bfcoalition.ca

 cflanagan@bfcgroup.ca