BAY ROBERTS, N.L.
A $19,000 cheque from Newfound Resources Limited was recently split evenly between three food banks in Conception Bay North to help alleviate hunger.
The event was a tribute to the Newfound Pioneer, a shrimp trawler that has operated out of Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace for the past 19 years — thus the $19,000 donation. As part of that tribute the company donated to the local food banks on behalf of all the past and current crew, many of whom are from the Trinity-Conception area. The St. Vincent de Paul food banks in Carbonear and Harbour and the Helping Hand Food Bank in Bay Roberts were the three recipients.
Newfound Resources Ltd of St. John’s owns the vessel, and company CEO Brian McNamara is from Harbour Grace.
The Pioneer has now been replaced by a new $60 million, 79-meter shrimp vessel Newfoundland Victor, which was recently constructed in Europe.
“There were a lot of mixed emotions as the crew bid farewell to a great vessel that has operated very successfully for almost two decades and provided full-time, year-round employment for 50 offshore fishermen at any given time,” McNamara told The Compass in an email. The vessel landed over 100,000 metric tonnes of shrimp and turbot — a combined value of over $500 million — for delivery to over 20 countries around the world.
The company said it expects its new state-of-the-art vessel will continue to harvest the ocean from southern Labrador to northern Baffin Island for decades to come and employ future generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans in the offshore fishery.