The ASP standing firm on no outside processing of any species

    Wednesday, 27 March 2024 07:00

    By Tonya Organ

    ASP Executive Director Jeff Loder says while they’re disappointed they weren’t at the table when the FFAW was negotiating with government last week, but have meetings planned for this week. Loder says members are totally against any capacity being processed outside of the province.

    The Association of Seafood Producers started talking with members of the Fish Food and Allied Workers union about 6 months ago in order to define a formula for snow crab. To create some of the necessary changes required in the industry, conversations between ASP and the FFAW commenced over six months ago to define a formula for snow crab that would ensure a top-quality product, thereby increasing the value of the fishery to the benefit of all Newfoundland and Labradorians. ASP Executive Director Jeff Loder says while they’re disappointed they weren’t at the table when the FFAW was negotiating with government last week, but have meetings planned for this week. Loder says members are totally against any capacity being processed outside of the province. Loder says the fishery is the lifeblood of Newfoundland and Labrador.  There’s no doubt, systemic change is required to benefit everyone involved. Currently, 5,000 people are employed in fish processing facilities. 

     

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