More troubles with processing
St. Anthony harvesters hope to keep shipping to Labrador
There is continued stress for Northern Peninsula harvesters as they deal with a lack of cod processing on the peninsula.
After some drainage issues on ferries transporting their catch to Labrador, St. Anthony fisherman Wilf Alyward says there’s a temporary halt on sending their cod to the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company.
“They want it but they’re having all kinds of trouble with getting it across on ferry,” Alyward said.
A deal had been made in early August between Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company, the Fish Food and Allied Workers union and St. Anthony Seafoods to transport their catch to the processing plant in L’Anse au Loup.
Alyward says water leakage from their tubs has prevented the ferries from taking the fish to Labrador.
They’ve had recent shipments taken to the plant in Arnold’s Cove and Beothic Fish Processors Ltd instead.
“They’re shipping it around all over the place,” said Alyward. “It’s hard to do.”
Alyward says he and other fishers are attempting to deal with the issue, such as seeing if filling the tubs with plastic bags will prevent leakage.
They hope a solution can be found to keep the ferry shipments going, as it will benefit both the plant and the harvesters.
St. Lunaire-Griquet fisherman Carl Hedderson says he’s not surprised there are some leakage problems with the containers of cod, but suspects a resolution will be found soon.
Most of Hedderson’s catch has been sent to Arnold’s Cove, though he had one load sent to Labrador on the ferry in late August.
St. Anthony Seafoods Ltd. were contacted for comment but did not respond by deadline.
St. Anthony harvester Wilf Alyward says there’s been a halt on sending their cod catch to Labrador, after the ferry transporting the cod experienced leakage issues with their containers. A deal was made in early August with the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company to process catch in the area.