Our House is Open: New models for fishery

NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) today challenged the provincial Conservative government to get creative in how it administers the fishery.

On Friday, the government released a commissioned report from DeLoitte and Touche which confirmed Ocean Choice International’s claim that it could not make the fishplant in Marystown a profitable enterprise.

“The corporate model is an old one which has obviously outlived its usefulness,” Mitchelmore noted today, “and the workers in Marystown are being forced to suffer as a result.

“Other models in this province work extremely well to bring maximum benefit to the people of this province,” he added. “I would point to the St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. in my own district. SABRI, the Fogo Island Co-op and the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company all seem to be able to operate profitably.

“It’s time for this government to look at other economic models besides the one that is failing in Marystown and numerous other centres.”

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NDP Caucus: Our House is Open
Question for November 28, 2011
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA, The Straits-White Bay North

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Mr Speaker, we hear in media these days that some people say our province’s fishery is “broken.”

Mr. Speaker, I suggest the only thing broken is the economic model currently employed at the Marystown fish plant.

The Fogo Island Co-op, the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company, and the St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. are shining examples of better ways to ensure our fishing resources are exploited for the maximum benefit of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the Minister, when will his government promote more successful economic models to help the workers ― harvesters and plant workers ― at the Marystown fish plant?

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