Tag Archives: Quinlan Brothers Ltd

Small-town fisherman takes on Ottawa – Kirby Elson says controlling agreements let him operate his fishing vessel

hi-crab-pot-20130420A fisherman from a small fishing town in Labrador has launched a legal challenge that could overturn decades-old federal policies in hopes of preserving independent inshore fisheries in Atlantic Canada. Kirby Elson of Cartwright, N.L., applied in June for a judicial review of a 2015 decision by the federal fisheries minister to take away his commercial fishing licences. Elson, 61, had refused to obey a DFO requirement that he exit a so-called controlling agreement with two Newfoundland and Labrador fish processors: Quinlan Brothers Ltd. and Labrador Sea Products Inc. Under the March 2003 agreement, the companies financed Elson’s snow crab licence, provided the vessel and crew, paid the insurance and covered vessel maintenance. Elson landed and sold his fish at the direction of the processors. The agreement stipulated he could not transfer the licence without company permission. Even in death, Elson’s estate was required to transfer the licence to a designate of the processors. Read the rest of the story here 07:53

Quinlan Brothers Bay de Verde fish plant to be rebuilt by next year

quinlan-brother-fish-plant-fire-bay-de-verdeThe Newfoundland company whose seafood plant was destroyed by fire in April says it plans to have a new processing facility ready for production by next year. Quinlan Brothers Ltd. stated in a news release the company has worked with snow crab producers since the fire to ensure fish harvesters have been serviced as normal. The company also says other companies have helped provide employment to “practically all” of the 700 workers who were employed at the Bay de Verde plant. Quinlan Brothers says remediation at the Bay de Verde site has been completed, along with geotechnical surveys and infrastructure assessments, and foundations and site work could begin in the next 10 days. Link 13:01

Bay de Verde residents in plant fire evacuation left to ‘pick up the pieces’

Bay de Verde’s mayor says residents and workers will need to ‘pick up the pieces’ following a fire that destroyed the eastern Newfoundland community’s fish processing plant. This morning we still have a smouldering mess,” Mayor Gerard Murphy told CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show on Tuesday. About 12 hours earlier, Murphy lifted a state of emergency and evacuation order in his community that saw 300 homes emptied as firefighters battled the blaze at the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. plant. The fire was reported at 5:30 a.m. NT Monday, and Murphy said the site is still one of devastation and smoke. Read the rest here 07:59

Quinlan Brothers Ltd. suing former workers, Daley-owned firm for $1M

One of the province’s biggest fish processing companies is suing two former employees and a competing firm for $1 million, alleging they have “misappropriated, disclosed and made improper use” of “confidential information and trade secrets.”​ The matter revolves around a piece of crab processing technology that was developed and used by Quinlan’s at its Bay de Verde plant, an automatic crab butchering machine, otherwise referred to in court documents as the “Quinlan CBM.” Read the rest here 10:31