Quin-Sea and Clearwater Announce St. Anthony Joint Venture Approval
Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd., a division of Royal Greenland, and Clearwater Seafoods recently announced the application to transfer the processing license for a St. Anthony fish plant has now been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.
This allows the companies to move forward with the deal, in which Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd. will assume management responsibility for the plant on behalf of the new joint venture, St. Anthony Seafoods Ltd.
Our People Problem
In last month’s Navigator, the Editor’s Notebook section provided an extensive discussion of plant worker shortages, referring to them as “a complex and stubborn dilemma.”
The discussion was largely based on research done by Food Processing Skills Canada. In this column, I will take that discussion in a different direction.
Plant worker shortages are certainly a well-known problem in Atlantic Canada. The shortages are widespread throughout the industry, but particularly acute in ...
Spike in Lobster Demand Pushes Live Lobster Prices to Highest Pricing in 10 Years
Live lobster prices spiked again last month, with Urner Barry reporting prices for hardshell up 25 cents and for new shell up 50 cents, as retailers stocked up for Labour Day weekend.
With hardshell at $8.50 and new shell at $6, these are the highest prices in 10 years.
Demand by lobster processors is driving the price up. Two things have changed in the market.
First, there are significantly more companies doing lobster processing, especially in Maine and Massachusetts. These companies ...
Clearwater Announces Further Investment For Grand Bank Seafoods During 25th Anniversary Celebrations
Grand Bank Seafoods, a division of Clearwater Seafoods, celebrated 25 years as an innovation leader in Canada’s clam industry with a new investment in a prime cut line to support growth of the business in Europe and North America.
Grand Bank Seafoods is located in the town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, producing Arctic surf, northern propeller and cockle clams. Clearwater acquired Grand Bank Seafoods’ Arctic surf clam operation in 1991. Since then, Clearwater has invested ...
Lobster Processing Revival in South Western Nova Scotia
When you think of lobster processing, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island readily come to mind.
But it wasn’t that far back that south western Nova Scotia was a leader in this field. And with the success of Riverside Lobster International, based in Meteghan River, about 50 kilometres from Yarmouth, the revival is in full swing.
Stepping back a bit, lobster canning was a major seasonal employer in this region from about 1840 to 1932, when the markets collapsed.
Places like Harris ...
Thousands of Jobs at Risk in Northern Shrimp Fishery, FFAW Claims
The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is stating that thousands of harvesting and processing jobs in rural Newfoundland and Labrador may be lost if the current fisheries management policies for northern shrimp are maintained.
The FFAW is providing, what it calls, further details on the impact of sharp declines in the northern shrimp stock as outlined in Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) stock status report.
“The implications of the stock status report, if they are ...
Seal Processing Facility Files Expansion Plans
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced that PhocaLux International Inc.’s Fleur de Lys Seal Processing and Tannery expansion plans have been filed relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.
PhocaLux International Inc.has submitted a proposal to expand an existing seal processing facility at Fleur de Lys to include seal skin tanning. All tanning operations will take place on the first floor of an ...
New Aquaculture Player Set to Double Provincial Salmon Production
The Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government and Grieg Newfoundland AS (Grieg) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Grieg’s intention to establish aquaculture operations in the province.
The $251-million project is expected to create approximately 325 direct and 235 indirect/induced person years of employment, based on preliminary estimates, associated with production, harvesting and processing, with further opportunities in the supply and service sectors. ...