Art Drysdale, a longtime fixture in the seafood industry in Nova Scotia, Canada, passed away on 17 December, according to longtime friend David MacDougall.

A native of Wallace, Nova Scotia, Drysdale worked for the provincial government, first as the manager of aquaculture development, then later for the provincial Departments of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Department of Agriculture for seven years. More recently, he worked for the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism leading international business development in the seafood and agriculture sectors as a senior international business development officer.

A known advocate for Nova Scotia fisheries, MacDougall described Drysdale as "remarkable advocate and zealous missionary" for the fisheries. In particular, MacDougall noted several key annual events Drysdale founded, such as the seafood and wine tasting Sip'N'Shuck. Drysdale was also known for the Oyster Cloister, an annual gathering of as many as 100 people at his home, spending an evening eating and rating various species of oysters.

He was equally well known for his passion for music, with an annual festival in Wallace that brought musicians from across North America. Whether promoting music or seafood, MacDougall said Drysdale was a tireless supporter of his local community, his industry and his province.

"Art was a real Nova Scotian, a real musician, a real personality and a real friend," MacDougall said.

 

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