Fo­rum delves into worker short­age

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Seafood har­vesters and pro­ces­sors will gather to dis­cuss top­ics such as a worker short­age for the in­dus­try at a fish­eries’ fo­rum July 29 in Monc­ton.

The fo­rum will be hosted by the Mar­itime Seafood Coali­tion, a group of eight seafood in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, rep­re­sent­ing both har­vesters and pro­ces­sors that have come to­gether to ad­dress is­sues im­pact­ing in­dus­try growth in the Mar­itimes.

The coali­tion has in­vited a cross-sec­tion of stake­hold­ers to the fo­rum, in­clud­ing seafood com­pa­nies, in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and pro­vin­cial and fed­eral politi­cians.

One of the key is­sues the fo­rum will ad­dress is the chal­lenge the sec­tor faces in ac­cess­ing enough work­ers in light of cuts to the num­ber of tem­po­rary for­eign work­ers they can hire.

“Many ru­ral ar­eas have ex­pe­ri­enced declines in their pop­u­la­tion,” said Jerry Ami­rault of the Lob­ster Pro­ces­sors As­so­ci­a­tion of New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia.

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