HALIFAX, N.S. — Clearwater Seafoods, one of Canada’s largest publicly-traded seafood companies, celebrates its 40th anniversary today. The company, founded by Nova Scotians John Risley and Colin MacDonald, started with one pickup truck in 1976 and has flourished into an Atlantic Canada success story.
“At the end of the day, we know a large part of our success comes from our Atlantic-Canadian roots and our company culture. The communities where we work and our people are our greatest assets,” says Colin MacDonald, Clearwater Seafoods co-founder and chairman. “I am so proud to say that, since our inception, we have donated over $40 million dollars to charitable organizations.”
Clearwater works in collaboration with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to produce and manage wild sustainable seafood — scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, langoustines, crab and groundfish — and sells the largest selection of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified seafood of any shellfish harvester in the world.
“Since Clearwater’s humble beginnings, we’ve continued to invest in science and stewardship of the resources to sustain and grow the wild seafood products we harvest,” says Ian Smith, Clearwater Seafoods CEO. “Sustainable seafood harvesting has always been at the core of Clearwater’s business, and will continue to drive our success moving forward.”
Clearwater has plans to invest in its fleet, plants, information systems and people — with innovation playing a key role in its harvesting capabilities and product development.
“Clearwater’s future is ambitious. Our first 40 years provide a strong foundation and our team of dedicated employees and partners will continue to be instrumental in the company’s success,” says Smith.