About Us

In 1976, John Risley and Colin MacDonald founded Clearwater Seafoods with a pickup truck, a tremendous vision and a lot of entrepreneurial drive. Originating as a small lobster retailer in Nova Scotia, Clearwater has grown to become one of the world’s largest vertically-integrated seafood companies, dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence.

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Although methods have changed, we’ve always remained focused on one goal – that Clearwater will be our customers’ wild, sustainable seafood supplier of choice by consistently delivering unsurpassed quality products.

For over 40 years, Clearwater has invested in sustainability, research, technology and innovative solutions impacting every aspect of the seafood industry from ocean-to-plate. We’ve built our business with a willingness to take chances, develop new products and take them to new markets – key strategies we continue to practice today.

1976

Founding

John Risley and Colin Macdonald founded Clearwater with a lobster retail shop on the Bedford Highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1979

Developed and implemented the world’s first Dryland Lobster Pound

Clearwater’s Dryland Lobster Pound holds lobster in a stress-free environment, providing access to a year-round supply of fresh, live lobster.

1981

Opened Clearwater UK Ltd. Lobster

Clearwater opened UK Ltd. Lobster after determining this marketplace was a strong fit for exporting lobster.

1986–1988

Added the ‘Atlantic Surf I’ to fleet and acquired Highland Fisheries in Glace Bay, NS and Pierce Fisheries in Lockeport, NS

1991

Opened Grand Bank

Clearwater opened Grand Bank Seafoods, located in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, home of the company’s clam processing operation.

1994-1996

Opened first sales offices in China and the US

Clearwater was the first Canadian seafood company to open a sales office in China.

1999

Opened St. Anthony Seafoods

Clearwater opened St. Anthony Seafoods, located in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, home of the company’s shrimp processing operation.

2002

Clearwater became a publicly traded company

Clearwater Seafoods Inc. is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CLR.

2007

Modernized lobster fleet and replaced aging vessels with the ‘Randell Dominaux’

The addition of the modern and efficient Randell Dominaux consolidated Clearwater’s offshore lobster fishing fleet from five vessels to one.

2012

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of all core species

Arctic surf clams, Nova Scotia snow crab, Canadian sea scallops, Argentine scallops, Canadian coldwater shrimps and Eastern Canadian offshore lobster are all MSC-certified.

2014-2015

Added the Capesante and Belle Carnell to fleet and acquired Macduff Shellfish Group

The acquisition of Macduff brings together two of the world’s leading and fastest growing vertically integrated wild-shellfish harvesters.


2017

Added the Anne Risley to fleet

Clearwater welcomed the Anne Risley to its Canadian clam fleet, the most technologically advanced shellfish harvester in the world.

2019

Landmark Reconciliation Agreement

Clearwater reaches landmark agreement with Fourteen First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, forging a 50-year partnership that protects existing jobs in the Arctic Surf Clam fishery, while creating meaningful employment.

2020

Joint Venture with Quin-Sea Fisheries

Clearwater and Quin-Sea Fisheries enter into an agreement to form a new joint venture that will take over operations of the St. Anthony Seafoods shrimp processing plant in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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