The Paqtnkek Fisheries Enterprise maintains Paqtnkek’s cultural heritage through offering community members employment in a richly traditional field. Community members have fished local waters for centuries to provide for their families. This way of life continues for employees of the Paqtnkek Fisheries Enterprise.
The company employs twenty community members who fish licences for lobster, Snow Crab, and herring from a fleet of five communal vessels. Licences for lobster are located at Bayfield Wharf, Nova Scotia. Snow Crab licenses are located at the Port of Cheticamp, 160kms north of the community.
In 2011, the Paqtnkek Fisheries Enterprise (PFE) created a ‘Fishery Advisory Committee’. The Fishery Advisory Committee, comprised of community volunteers, offer their insight into ways to improve the fishery while protecting the natural assets of the local environment. The dedication of this group serves to guarantee future generations will benefit from the local environment in a traditional cultural opportunity.