Trin­ity South fish pro­ces­sor, towns ben­e­fit from fed­eral funds

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Green Seafoods Ltd. is hope­ful the work of a re­search sci­en­tist will iden­tify new op­por­tu­ni­ties for its pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Win­ter­ton, Trin­ity Bay.

Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Judy Foote dropped by the town’s mu­nic­i­pal build­ing last Mon­day to an­nounce de­tails of re­cent fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­vest­ments made in Win­ter­ton.

E.J. Green & Com­pany Ltd, the par­ent com­pany of Green Seafoods Ltd., re­ceived $50,000 to hire a re­search sci­en­tist. The Town of Win­ter­ton will use a con­di­tion­ally re­payable in­vest­ment of $100,000 to up­grade the elec­tri­cal sys­tem at Out­side Pond RV Park.

Foote was also in Old Per­li­can March 13 where the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s (ACOA) in­vest­ment in the out­door sur­face for skat­ing and sum­mer events was ac­knowl­edged. ACOA in­vested al­most $60,000 in that project.

Jen­nifer Green-Shep­pard, vi­cepres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for Green Seafoods, said the re­search sci­en­tist’s work fo­cuses on waste ei­ther scraped or cut off from prod­uct that goes through sec­ondary pro­cess­ing in Win­ter­ton.

“Say, for ex­am­ple, you have your small-sized mus­sel that is out­side the realm of the nor­mal grade that you’ll see (in stores). So what can we do with those small mus­sels? What can we do with byprod­ucts from the fish if you fil­let it or you cut it? What do you do with things like sea cu­cum­ber? We re­move the gut from the sea cu­cum­ber. We re­move the flower. So, what can we do with those prod­ucts?”

In some cases, the waste con­tains pro­teins that are of use to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try. This was news to Green-Shep­pard’s ears when the sci­en­tist shared this in­for­ma­tion with her.

“It’s risky,” she added. “You don’t know if it’s go­ing to pay off. You’re bring­ing the sci­en­tist here, you’re pay­ing for a sci­en­tist, and you don’t know what you’re go­ing to find, re­ally. So ACOA is just help­ing us share some of that risk.”

Ul­ti­mately, the com­pany hopes new op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness iden­ti­fied through the sci­en­tist’s work will lead to in­creased em­ploy­ment at Green Seafoods.

For the mu­nic­i­pally-op­er­ated RV park, the con­di­tion­ally re­payable in­vest­ment al­lows the town to in­crease the am­per­age for camp­sites to ac­com­mo­date larger ve­hi­cles. Mayor Mark Shep­pard said as campers and mo­torhomes in­crease in size, they ex­pect a stronger elec­tri­cal sup­ply.

“I mean, your house is a 200amp ser­vice, so the trailer is go­ing to draw a quar­ter of what a house draws, so we have a lot of peo­ple com­ing along who ei­ther want a 30-amp or a 50-amp, and ba­si­cally our old sys­tem can’t han­dle it,” the mayor said.

Bring­ing a wealth of tourists to the area, Shep­pard said the RV park is great for the lo­cal econ­omy.

“It’s a won­der­ful thing from our point of view. We’ve ba­si­cally got peo­ple who spend twice as much as you’d spend to have taxes paid on a house in Win­ter­ton to rent a space at an RV site for the sum­mer. So we’re go­ing to try to line up as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come here for that.”

Sup­port from ACOA makes it much eas­ier for coun­cil to move for­ward with the elec­tri­cal up­grades, he said.

“It re­duces the risk that we’re sub­ject to by go­ing to get fi­nanc­ing from a dif­fer­ent source (and) the way a loan is struc­tured.”

The new out­door sur­face in Old Per­li­can, spear­headed by the Old Per­li­can Re­cre­ation Arena Com­mit­tee, is get­ting plenty of use since open­ing in mid-Jan­uary. Over­all costs for the project ex­ceeded $150,000, with peo­ple from all over the lo­cal area pitch­ing in to help the cause through fundrais­ing.

You’re bring­ing the sci­en­tist here, you’re pay­ing for a sci­en­tist, and you don’t know what you’re go­ing to find, re­ally. So ACOA is just help­ing us share some of that risk.

— Jen­nifer Green-Shep­pard

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Green Seafoods is us­ing $50,000 to sup­port the work of a sci­en­tist look­ing into op­por­tu­ni­ties to sell waste as­so­ci­ated with var­i­ous fish­eries. From the left are vice-pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions Mark Shep­pard, pres­i­dent Derek Green, Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Judy Foote and vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing Jen­nifer Green-Shep­pard.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Mem­bers of the Win­ter­ton town coun­cil with MP Judy Foote — (l-r) Mayor Mark Shep­pard, Coun. Hilda Green, Foote, and Coun­cil­lors Linda Cole, Gary His­cock and Char­lie Reid.

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