Government, OCI come to agreement to keep Fortune fish plant open

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The provincial government announced an agreement Friday with Ocean Choice International Ltd. (OCI) that will keep the company’s fish plant in Fortune open, and ensuring more than 110 processing jobs for at least five years.

In return for OCI’s commitment to process a minimum of 25 per cent of its yellowtail flounder quota at its Fortune plant, the provincial government will allow the company to export 100 per cent of its redfish quota, under an exemption to provincial minimum processing requirements, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture revealed Friday in a news release.

Organizations: OCI, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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  • ORDINARY JOE
    December 23, 2012 - 18:51

    I JUST HEARD THAT THE INSHORE SECTION OF THE NL FISHERY WANT THE SAME RIGHT AS OCI WAS GRANTED ON DEC.21/12.THEY WANT OUTSIDE BUYERS TO COME INTO NL TO BUY THEIR CRABS,CODS,WHELKS,AND OTHER QUOTAS AND SHIP IT OUTSIDE NL FOR PROCESSING.NOVA SCOTIA IS PAYING DOUBLE WHAT NL PROCESSORS ARE PAYING .THEIR RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED UNDER THE CHARTER OF RIGHT UNLESS THEY RECEIVED THE SAME TREATMENT AS OCI RECEIVED. ABOUT 60-70% OF NL PLANTS WILL REMAINED CLOSED WHEN THIS HAPPEN.

  • saltheart
    December 22, 2012 - 06:34

    this is the end of the fishery as we know it, from now on these big fishing merchants will claim that they can't afford to do any work here but we will give you some jobs so i can take the fish away and make millions, this deal will look just as bad on the government as churchfalls does now

  • Corporate Psycho
    December 21, 2012 - 20:26

    Ordinary NL'ers lose while the rich get richer.

    • a business man
      December 23, 2012 - 11:00

      Wrong. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary NL'ers will now have continue to pay the EI for 110 fishery workers. I would have rather seen the plant close forever, because then at least the EI abuse would stop.

    • a business man
      December 23, 2012 - 17:27

      On the other hand, I would argue that the majority of Newfoundlanders benefit from exporting the fish raw because it means less fishermen would be given the opportunity to qualify for EI. I support anything, especially the exporting of raw fish, if it means that less people will be able to take from EI more than they put in on an annual basis. I beleive that 50% plus 1 of the electorate feel the same way, then this is a good decision. Sure, the majority of those who would agree do not care about the fishing communities, but democracy is about serving the majority, even if it comes at the expense of the minority.

  • Taxpayer
    December 21, 2012 - 19:39

    It is good that the government can keep the plant open and provide for enough weeks for employees to collect EI. That way they can spend their life working a few months a year while full time workers pay the bill. The average employee pays around $400 and collects around $8000. Guess where the money comes from? Live in Mommas back yard and work across the street mentality. Not the workers fault as the govenment has made people too lazy to seek and work full time jobs.

    • a business man
      December 23, 2012 - 10:58

      good post. I was personally hoping that the plant would close, because that would prevent 110 more cases of EI abuse. Now the workers can continue to take more from EI than they put in, while the rest of us foot the bill. If the plant would have closed, then 110 people would be jobless, BUT 500,000 of us would be let off the hook. Now we can support these people forever. IN any case, I hope the fishery dies, starting with this plant. Only then will the EI abuse stop.

  • Neil
    December 21, 2012 - 19:04

    Merry Christmas to the great people of Fortune. I hope these jobs are around forever....