Fred Woodman Sr., a fish processor who spent much of his career advocating for Newfoundland and Labrador's fishing industry, has died. He was 83.

Woodman founded Woodman's Fisheries in 1972, and turned New Harbour, Trinity Bay, into a hub of the industry.

Woodman died Saturday at the Lions Manor in Placentia.

Woodman was a former member of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. He was a prominent figure in the fishing industry in the crisis-bound years following the moratorium on cod fishing in 1992.

He also served as chair of both the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Fisheries Council of Canada.

A funeral for Woodman will be held Tuesday afternoon in New Harbour.