Darlene brings her knowledge of fishing in the Bay of Fundy from generations of fishing heritage. She has been the Assistant Director for the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association in St. Andrews, New Brunswick since September 2015. Darlene is the Lead on their Ghost Gear Retrieval and Old Gear Disposal projects, and is the first point of contact for organizations and individuals looking for advice or guidance on ghost gear retrieval practices. She also helps lead both the Herring fishery and the River fishery. As part of the FGCAC, Darlene is the Lead on two Action Teams – the Best Management Practices Group and the Ghost Gear Retrieval Strategy Group. She’s also a member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative’s Catalyze and Replicate Solutions Working Group. Prior to her role with Fundy North, she completed a 25-year career at Bell Aliant with a product consultation management portfolio encompassing the four Atlantic provinces. Darlene’s previous Board experience includes a position as a Director for the Board of Hestia House in Saint John, New Brunswick. She also served as a Director for the Board of the Fundy Region Transition House in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where she lives.
Lloyd’s background in the fishing industry covers over 30 years, during which time he has been a fishing supplies vendor with Vernon d’Eon Fishing Supplies Ltd., a part of the Enterprise Shippagan group of Companies since 2013. For the past 22 years, Lloyd has been the business’ General Manager, and is thus responsible for the oversight of 8 retail and wholesale outlets, 5 delivery vehicles, a manufacturing facility, and a zinc anode plant. Lloyd’s wide-reaching responsibilities have him at the helm of a total of 41 employees.
The FGCAC is composed of individuals representing different aspects of the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada. Each Director brings their own unique expertise and perspectives forward to prevent and develop sustainable solutions to end-of-life fishing gear and abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG). The Board helps manage and supervise individual FGCAC Action Teams, which focus on specific areas of concern such as responsible disposal and fishing gear land and ocean retrieval. The Board meets regularly, in which the term of office is two years or until their successors are so elected. FGCAC members may elect Directors by resolution at each Annual General Meeting of the members.