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The Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association was formed after an international fisheries conference that was held in April 1939. It began with the Halifax Board of Trade’s Fisheries Committee but was formed as the Canadian Dried Fish Exporters Association in 1940. In October 1942, the Canadian Dried Fish Exporters Association merged with the Canadian Pickled Fish Exports to form the Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Association. The organization was active until December 31, 1973 and ended operations in February 1974.
The Association operated out of the offices of A.M. Smith and Co. Ltd. (1940-1943) in Halifax. A female staff member of A.M. Smith acted as secretary until Jim McKee took over as Secretary and Treasurer and the Association moved to an office on Hollis Street in 1944. Robert Johnson replaced McKee in 1950.
Fletcher Smith was the first president of the Association (1940-1942 and 1966-1968), followed by Homer Zwicker (1942-1946), Howard McKichan (1946-1949), Douglas Adams (1949-1950 and 1964-1966), Phillip Whitman (1950-1953), Willoughby Ritcey (1953-1955 and 1961-1962), Albert Smith (1955-19557), Sherman Zwicker (1957-1959 and 1968-1971), Don MacKenzie (1959-1961), Sam Campbell (1962-1964), Charlie Mitchell (1971-1972) and Joe Harnish (1972-1974).
Members of the Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association included Adams & Knickle Ltd., Briny Deep Fisheries Ltd., Burns Fisheries Ltd., G.P. Mitchell & Sons Ltd., W. & C.H. Mitchell Ltd., Ritcey Bros. (Fisheries) Ltd., A.M. Smith & Co. Ltd., N.C. Sollows & Sons Ltd., United Maritime Fishermen Ltd., and Zwicker & Company Ltd.
The fonds was collected in five accessions. Robert Johnson (secretary manager) donated the majority of the material in four accessions; November 17,1976, December 8, 1976, December 16, 1976 and July 11, 1978.
Roger Stirling (Nova Scotia Fish Packers and Atlantic Fisherman’s By-Products Association) donated Circulars: 2) July 5, 1949 - August 17, 1951; 7) January 2, 1959 - December 30, 1960; 12) January 6, 1969 - December 21, 1971; papers: Fisheries Council of Canada 1950-1953; miscellaneous papers 1946-1955; and Indexes for circulars - 1954-1971 on June 2, 1977.
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