Project to explore full utilization of caplin in Labrador

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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.”

Organizations: Union Shrimp Company, Fisheries Technology

Geographic location: Labrador, Southern Labrador

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  • Hank
    March 14, 2013 - 18:24

    Most of this fish is harvested for its spawn, Fish eggs are an expensive item in a High Class Dining Court , But the Biggest Expense is to the fish stock ! How can a fish stock survive or grow when their eggs are harvested for an high class meals The DEPT of FISHERIES. should collect the fish spawn themselves and hatch the eggs and release the small fish into protected coves and bays, that would help increase the fish stock, I have a colour graph report that is over 30 Years old, That tells of how one Cod egg in a Million survives to become an adult Cod fish, This report was put out 30+ years ago when the fish stock was STRONG,If it was one in a Million 30+ Years ago how low is it now? THE only way to Help REBUILD THE COD STOCK IS WITH THE USE OF THE FISH HATCHERY WHERE FISH EGGS CAN BE HATCHED, AND WHEN THE YOUNG TOM CODS OR SALMON ETC REACHES A DETERMINED SIZE THEN RELEASE THEM INTO SMALL PROTECTED BAYS OR COVES TO GROW AND MULTIPLY and REBUILD THE STOCK, THEN THE SURVIVAL RATE OF A COD FISH MAY INCREASE FROM ONE IN A MILLION TO MANY HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS IN A MILLION. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO INCREASE THE FISH STOCK BE IT SALMON, COD OR SOME OTHER SPECIES, MAN HAS REDUCED THE FISH STOCK, AND ONLY MAN CAN HELP REBUILD IT