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January 19, 2015
By Rob Morris
The Amarissa Joye is the newest vessel in the James Walkus Fishing fleet joining vessels Serena Joye and the Nicole Joye harvesting Atlantic salmon from Marine Harvest Canada’s Northern Vancouver Island farms.

The Amarissa Joye, a 104’10” (length overall) x 34′ (beam) x 10′ (draft) 200 ton displacement farmed fish harvest vessel, was delivered in early November 2014 to James Walkus Fishing Co (Port Hardy, BC, Canada) by ABD Boats (North Vancouver BC).

The vessel is a purpose-built design from A.G. McIlwain Ltd (naval architects, West Vancouver BC). It is one of the largest all-aluminum vessels built to date in BC.

The Amarissa Joye is the newest vessel in the James Walkus Fishing fleet and joins their harvest vessels Serena Joye and the Nicole Joye in a contract to harvest Atlantic salmon from Marine Harvest Canada’s (MHC) farm sites located in waters adjacent to northern Vancouver Island.

Both the Serena Joye and the Nicole Joye were salmon seine fishing vessels which were converted for the stun-and-bleed harvesting of farmed Atlantic salmon. With capacity for approximately 700,000 lbs of fish, the Amarissa Joye has the volume of both these vessels together.

The Amarissa Joye is outfitted with state-of-the-art fish-handling and temperature control equipment to ensure quality salmon. The new vessel commenced harvesting for MHC in December 2014.

— Rob Morris


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