The picturesque Lunenburg waterfront has become more vibrant as a new modern fishing operation establishes a permanent home base in the seaport town. Lunenburg Waterfront Association and Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, signed an agreement with Lunar Fishing to acquire the waterfront property in Lunenburg. “It is important to find the right fit, when seeking tenants in a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Lunar Fishing is a perfect fit, as the company uses modern technology that integrates seamlessly with the traditional maritime way of life.” The local community, the Lunenburg Waterfront Association and the waterfront development corporation are developing a business plan to help revitalize Lunenburg’s working waterfront after the province purchased the land from Clearwater’s fishing operations a year ago. In August 2005, the province purchased a block of 17 waterfront properties to preserve 22 buildings and eight wharves and ensure the continuation of a dynamic working waterfront in Lunenburg. “We are pleased to announce the deal with Lunar as the third major transaction to be confirmed on the Lunenburg Waterfront Association properties,” said association president Jim Eisenhauer. “Lunar’s vessel, Julianne III, has operated from Lunenburg on a short-term berthing agreement since October 2005. We are thrilled that the acquisition of these properties now sees Lunar drop permanent anchor here to establish Lunenburg as it’s operational home port.” The agreement is the result of a public call for proposals for use of the property. Agreements with North Sails Atlantic and Sobeys were announced earlier this year. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that has been planning, co-ordinating, promoting and developing properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour for the last 30 years. The corporation, in co-operation with the Lunenburg Waterfront Association, is managing the waterfront properties in Lunenburg on an interim basis. Lunar Fishing was established more than 50 years ago and currently operates three modern fishing vessels. In addition to fishing for mackerel and herring, the company catches significant quantities of blue whiting. Lunar personnel have said they appreciate the warm welcome received from the Town of Lunenburg and look forward to the future growth and restoration of the waterfront.