Torngat Joint Fisheries Board
The primary responsibilities of the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board are to make recommendations in relation to the conservation of species, stocks of fish, aquatic plants, fish habitat, and the management of fisheries in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
The TJFB consist of seven members:

  • Three members appointed by the Nunatsiavut Government
  • Two members appointed by the Canadian Government
  • One member appointed by the Provincial Government

The Chairperson is independent and appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Rick Comerford (larger version)
Chairperson: Rick Comerford
Rick Comerford grew up in St. John's with roots in Trinity and Conception Bays. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University and a Masters in Business Administration from York University in Toronto. Rick has a long history in economic and community development through his years with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Ocean Industries Development Center and the Newfoundland and Labrador Development Corporation. In his role at ACOA, Rick was responsible for all ACOA Programs for twenty years. This included several Federal/Provincial Agreements and operational responsibility for the Labrador Office of ACOA during that time.

Rick was appointed on January 16, 2017, by the Government of Canada, and was later appointed Chair on the recommendation of the TJFB. This appointment took effect on October 17, 2019.
Keith Watts (larger version)
Nunatsiavut Appointee: Keith Watts
Keith Watts was born and raised in the central Labrador community of Northwest River. He received his post-secondary education at Memorial University and the College of Trades and Technology in St. John's, NL. For the majority of his career, Keith worked with natural and renewable resource departments of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and later the Labrador Inuit Association. Since 2004, he leads the Torngat Fish Producers Co-operative as General Manager, and after the signing of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement, Keith was one of the original appointees to the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board, and has served for over a decade. Keith also serves as a board member with the Fisheries Council of Canada.

Keith was appointed on December 14, 2005 by the Nunatsiavut Government.
Junior Andersen (larger version)
Nunatsiavut Appointee: Junior Andersen
Junior is an Inuk from Makkovik, Nunatsiavut. Junior has been around the marine environment for all of his life. As a teenager he started fishing cod and made it his livelihood for 7 years before the cod stocks had declined. In 1971 he started buying salmon and char and shipping it to the processing plant in Nain. In 1973, a plant opened in Makkovik and Junior has been a manager there ever since through various ownership structures. In 1996, the plant started to be operated by the Torngat Fish Producer's Co-op (TFPC) and the species switched to snow crab and turbot. Junior also serves on the Board of the TFPC.

Junior was appointed on June 7, 2017 by the Nunatsiavut Government.
Chesley Andersen (larger version)
Nunatsiavut Appointee: Chesley Andersen
Chesley is from Makkovik and worked in Nunatsiavut most of his life, spending 30 years working for a combination of the Labrador Inuit Association, the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation, Inuit Taparisat of Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government. Ches has experience as the senior deputy minister in the Nunatsiavut Government, land claims negotiator, IIBA negotiator, mineral resource advisor, self-government advisor, caribou plant manager and a former commercial pilot. Ches is currently working as a Vice President, Labrador Affairs with Aurora Energy Resources.

Chesley was appointed on September 20, 2016 by the Nunatsiavut Government.
Morley Knight (larger version)
Federal Appointee: Morley Knight
Morley grew up in Silverdale, Green Bay. He worked for 35 years with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in various locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador including 3 years in Goose Bay as the DFO manager for Labrador where he travelled the Labrador coast extensively. He was the Regional Director of Fisheries & Aquaculture Management when he left the NL Region in 2011 to become the Director General of Resource Management at the DFO headquarters in Ottawa. After that, he was the Regional Director General in Moncton for the Gulf Region and subsequently in Halifax for the Maritimes Region of DFO. He returned to Ottawa as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries Policy before retiring at the end of 2017. He now resides in Harry's Harbour and works part-time as an international fisheries consultant. He is active in his community as the church treasurer and as a volunteer firefighter.
Roland Andrews (larger version)
Provincial Appointee: Roland Andrews
Roland grew up in Port de Grave and spent his early life around the fishing industry taking place on the Port de Grave Peninsula, he now resides in Bareneed. He later went on to work with the Hudson Bay Company in Iqaluit and later with a local fish merchant where he was their Branch Manager in Southern Harbour, Placentia Bay. Roland joined the Department of Fisheries & Oceans in 1971 as a Primary Products Inspection Officer, later with the Conservation & Protection Branch he was transferred as the Senior DFO Official in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He was subsequently transferred to DFO Head Office in St. John's where he held a number of positions with various Branches of DFO. Roland retired from DFO in 2001 and opened his own Fisheries Consultant Company-: "Andrews Professional Services Ltd." He then worked for 10 years with Labrador Inuit Association and following Nunatsiavut Government. From there with Harbour Grace Shrimp Company Limited and later as Fisheries Manager with Ueushuk Fisheries Limited.

Roland serves his community as Chair of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society, as a Member of Gideon's International in Canada, Church Treasurer, in addition to being a Member of the Board of Director's with Helping Hand for the Bay Roberts Area.
2015 Torngat Secretariat
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