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  • haveasay
    January 19, 2012 - 10:54

    What is not addressed in his article is final consumption of the exported specie. If the whole specie is exported to a market for consumption in it´s natural form then Mr. Sullivans statements bear merit. However, whole or semi processed ( H&G) fish exported to an Asian market as raw material for industrial processing is an entirely different matter. Feeding China´s factories to cut redfish fillets to be re-exported back to North America at the expense of local labour is nothing more than raping the resource for shareholder profit. I challenge the parties involved to categorically define and defend the end use of product , and if they can do so, then they have a case to argue.

  • Morley
    January 18, 2012 - 13:34

    "If you do not ask the right question you will never get the right answer." I've spent 4 years in Africa, 5 years in the middle East and a summer in China. For several reasons most of these people do not buy frozen filleted fish. FFAW should be asking if there is a market for the product they are demanding to be processed here before they shut it down altogether.

  • h
    January 18, 2012 - 10:57

    well first . herring n mackeral are mostly for bait , so y gut them .the ones that r used for consumptn are gutted where they are caught , also is china n japan couldnt get whole produck then im SURE they wont stop buying . so there ,

  • Craig Warren
    January 18, 2012 - 08:20

    I worked in the commercial fishery on Lake Erie for several years conducting export sales business with both Europe and Asia regarding fresh water fish. Markets do vary from region to region and is 100% fact that the Asian population prefer fish in the whole round or dressed (head on - gut removed) form. This is not about Sullivan wanting to pull jobs from the province. Global business dealings are very specific and if you want participation in these markets, you must comply with your customers needs. If not, you will never sell a pound of product into these areas. Mr Sullivan has a tough decision to make and would not want to be in his shoes right about now. Cut him some slack because if McCurdy was in Sullivan's position the role would be reversed. My question to all the nay sayers...why is there no beef with the pelagic species such as mackeral and herring? The majority of both of these items are sold in the round for a reason - customer preference. To the FFAW, if you want to change something, see if the executive can try and change the way these nations buy the goods. Only then will you understand how difficult this task would be. As for the workforce, hand cutters are very unique and know from experience how difficult it is to replace these workers and receive the best return with maximum yield. Processors have to make money too. Keeping plants open to lose money in an attempt to keep processing jobs will not work for any business model.