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Pacific Seafood, Community Members Raise Over $100,000 Canadian Dollars for Families of Crew Lost in F/V Caledonian Sinking; Will Deliver Funds by Christmas Eve.

Dec 24, 2015
Pacific Seafood’s match brings the total raised to $73,334 US dollars, or $101,934 Canadian dollars. In addition, Pacific Seafood is making a further contribution in the amount of $37,456 Canadian dollars to the families in recognition of the estimated value of the load of fish on board when the vessel sank.

Vancouver Island, Canada— Pacific Seafood Group, the parent company of Vancouver Island-based S&S Seafood and Ucluelet Harbor Seafood, announced today that a fundraiser for the families of the crew lost on the F/V Caledonian has raised over $100,000 Canadian dollars.

The F/V Caledonian sank on September 5, 2015 and three crewmen lost their lives. “This tragedy has deeply affected the entire community and our company, and everyone is still grieving the loss,” said Steve Spencer, president of S&S Seafood. “Over 140 individuals, companies and other fishing vessels donated to the fundraiser,” he said, “the outpouring of support is incredible.”

Shortly after the tragedy Pacific Seafood set up an online fundraising platform using the website YouCaring.com. Within months the site generated $36,667 US dollars.

Pacific Seafood’s match brings the total raised to $73,334 US dollars, or $101,934 Canadian dollars. In addition, Pacific Seafood is making a further contribution in the amount of $37,456 Canadian dollars to the families in recognition of the estimated value of the load of fish on board when the vessel sank.  Pacific Seafood will distribute the funds to the families by December 24.  If a family is in disagreement as to who should receive the funds then the donations will be deposited into a trust account until the disagreement is resolved.

“At Pacific Seafood, we are family” said Frank Dulcich. “Our Pacific Seafood family stands with the entire Vancouver Island community in mourning the Caledonian tragedy, especially now during the holidays, and we hope this fundraiser is at least one small way we are all able to show support to the families in this difficult time.”