Provincial government funding will help the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company to hire a consultant to identify potential opportunities for the use of male and underutilized female caplin, it was announced today.
The project is valued at $16,193, and the provincial government will contribute $9,716 toward the overall cost through the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program.
The Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company is owned by the fish harvesters of Labrador from L’anse au Clair to Cartwright. It is the only pelagic processor in Labrador and purchases millions of pounds of caplin from local harvesters each year.
The company also operates a number of other processing plants along the Labrador coast which process cod, scallops, snow crab, shrimp, and other species from the waters off Labrador.
“Full utilization of caplin has been a challenge for our company in the past due to transportation and logistical issues,” said Gilbert Linstead, general manager of the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company.
“It is important that we work with our partners to find a suitable means of utilizing the surplus caplin in southern Labrador. This project will identify a reasonable approach to maximizing this resource for the future.”