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Chronic labour shortage hobbling Meteghan lobster plant

David Deveau is doing everything he can to find and keep local workers for his modern lobster processing plant in western Nova Scotia, but it is a battle he is losing. “We do have great local people here. I love them all. I respect them all,” said Deveau, CEO of Riverside Lobster International in the Meteghan area. “I don’t have enough. I just don’t have enough.” Deveau’s company now operates five buses daily to bring workers in from Digby and Yarmouth. Workers are paid about $13 per hour and enrolled in a defined contribution pension plan and get health benefits. The plant, which employs 300 people processing 27,000 kilograms a day of fresh and frozen lobster, is chronically short between 20 to 30 workers. Read the story here 09:52

Sea Hag Seafood’s lobster processing plant shuttered, up for auction

10036241_H8349713-600x387A seafood processing plant that opened less than four years ago with the hope of bolstering the lobster industry is closed and up for auction. Sea Hag Seafood’s plant and 7.5 acres of waterfront property at the mouth of Long Cove in Tenants Harbor will go up for auction on June 17. Kyle Murdock opened the plant in September 2012 when he 23. The project’s financing included a nearly $1.7 million loan from Camden National Bank and a $400,000 grant through the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant money was provided to the company after it created 23 jobs for low- and moderate-income workers and after it met the terms of the federal program, said Maine DECD spokesman Douglas Ray. The town of St. George had sponsored the grant application but the town will not be liable for any repayment because the jobs were created. Efforts to reach Murdock on Wednesday and Thursday by telephone and email were unsuccessful. Read the story here 19:46

Growing wings for southwest Nova lobster a priority

Last fall, the Zhangzidao Group, a Chinese seafood giant, purchased a lobster processing plant in Eastern Passage. Its subsidiary – Capital Seafoods International – will be exporting up to 10 million pounds of lobster in the near future. The new owners hired 50 new employees and are turning the plant from a seasonal to a year-round operation, spending between $1.5 and $2 million on upgrades. Read the rest here 12:23