é Beauchamp of Montreal, the 31.5' shrimper ASHAWAY motors into the well protected harbour at Rivière-au-Renaud to unload her catch on June 18th.
|The quaint harbour of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia - September 1994|
Though she has a similar wheelhouse and a fibreglass hull, ASHAWAY is longer and has a different hull design than the "Cape Islander" which is primarily used for lobster trapping.
Pandalus borealis (also known as, Northern Shrimp or in French, Crevette nordique) can be found throughout the northwest Atlantic Ocean and the cold deep waters of the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River Estuary primarily at depths of 500 to 1,000 feet. Of the approximately 28,000 metric tonnes of shrimp that are caught yearly in this region by fish tugs like the ASHAWAY, 60% is exported to European markets and the remaining 40% is distributed in Canada and the United States. Though based a little further east along the Gaspé Peninsula shoreline in L'Anse-au-Griffon, processing and packaging for La Crevette du Nord Atlantique is actually done at Rivière-au-Renaud, and their Marinard plant can seen in the background of René's picturesque flat-water harbour photo, above.