We're a team of fish nerds
who are passionate about

sustainable seafood.

We like fish, and we’re eager to share our knowledge and passion with the public. Our team has a diverse roster of skillsets and experiences – master oyster shuckers, marine managers, business owners, divers, ultimate frisbee champions – you name it, we got it! You may even say that we are hooked on sustainable seafood!

Hana Nelson

Owner, Fishmonger, Badass Boss Lady
Hana Nelson has a strong, diverse background in food and food systems. Hana is an advocate for the Sustainable Seafood Industry in Nova Scotia. She started Afishionado fishmongers in 2014, a company solely focused on sustainably farmed and fished products and has grown it to a company that currently serves retail customers in Nova Scotia through the popular Catch of the Week CSF, over 30 restaurants within Nova Scotia and a growing number of restaurants and distributors across Canada. Hana is passionate about connecting people with their food and being an advocate for small, owner-operated food businesses.

Laurie Starr

Operations & Logistics Manager
Laurie Starr is a graduate of Dalhousie University where she majored in Marine Biology. With a solid foundation in science she has recently completed a Masters of Marine Management. As part of her masters Laurie spent several months in Indonesia working with a local NGO and learning about the intricacies of the small-scale fisheries sector. She hopes to be able to apply some of this knowledge to the Nova Scotian context. Laurie is excited to be a part of the Afishionado team and the larger movement of reconnecting people to the origins of their food and sustainable thinking. In her spare time, Laurie indulges in Ultimate Frisbee, bouldering, and hosting potlucks.

Adira Nehme

Co-op Student
Adira Nehme is currently a Dalhousie Student in the Bachelor of Management Program, with a major in Entrepreneurship and is working towards receiving her certificate in Marketing. Growing up in a family business environment Adira always had an entrepreneurial mindset. Her program’s Internship opportunity introduced her to Afishionado, and having a soft spot for small businesses, Adira felt it would be a great fit. Although new to the seafood world, Adira has always had a passion for sustainability and supporting local businesses. Adira is excited to be a part of the team and to see what more she can learn!

Nikki Cooke

Processing Plant Supervisor

James Crofton

Order Fulfillment and Wholesale Support
James Crofton is a recent graduate of the Marine Affairs program at Dalhousie. Hailing from Victoria, BC, James has always been an advocate for marine conservation and sustainability. In 2015, he worked as a fisheries observer on-board trawl fishing vessels. Not only did this give him a unique opportunity to experience amazing marine wildlife firsthand, it opened his eyes to the destruction of the trawl fishing industry. While completing his Masters degree, James worked for the Coast Guard in Dartmouth developing an oil spill response plan for the Halifax Harbour, giving him a better understanding of threats to the marine environment. James now brings his experience and passion for marine conservation to the Afishionado team to help spread the word of sustainable seafood.

Wendy Bernard

Fish Processor

Rob Wright

Fish Processor