GREAT NORTHERN PENINSULA, N.L. – Concerns have repercussions on the whole region, since this summer has been more difficult to find shrimp.
Mayors of the Greater Northern Peninsula are worried about cuts in the rippled effect and a reduction in shrimp work will have on the rest of the local economy.
First, it will mean less purchasing power for residents.
Workers will have to be more cautious in the way they spend money in the community.
"There are spin-offs, the gas they buy, the groceries they buy, drips along the line," said St. Anthony Mayor Desmond McDonald, who is also president of the St Chamber of Commerce Anthony and Area. "People will have to be more cautious about how they are spending every dollar and that affects every company."
McDonald hopes there is an opportunity to process industrial shrimp or to diversify the number of species transformed in St. Anthony Seafoods.
"I can not talk about whether the sums that can be obtained are economically sustainable," he said. "Ultimately it's a business and must be profitable."
In the Straits area, the shrimp facilities at Anchor Point and Black Duck Cove are the main employers.
Many workers in those plants will not have enough hours to qualify for employment insurance.
Gerry Gros, mayor of Anchor Point and president of the Joint Council of the Greater Northern Peninsula, believes that the Fisheries and Oceans Department is doing a better job of managing fisheries.
In his opinion, this would imply taking more into account the opinions of collectors.
"Science is necessary but I think they also need to listen to the fishermen, who are always in the water, who spend more time on the water than scientists do," he told The Northern Pen.
St. The mayor of Lunaire-Griquet Dale Colbourne believes that stocks of various kinds are over-exploited.
Many residents in his community are employed at St. Anthony Seafoods.
"I know people who would normally have 14 weeks very early and now do not even have three weeks," he said.
He says that city councils should apply for larger Community Enhancement Employment Program projects.
One way to help plant workers in the future could be to change the policy
Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings believes it is necessary to offer incentives to companies to process fish in local plants instead of sending it elsewhere .
"The Feds and the Province must work together to introduce rules perhaps associated with the granting of licenses to encourage the elaboration or introduction of incentives for companies to work out within a given area", He said.
Hutchings states that this would introduce an adjacency component for fishing. 59002] St. Barbe-Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore is confident Local workers and farmers can finally collect from CETA, the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
He says that the removal of tariffs will provide companies with more opportunities to process more industrial shrimp in local factories within the province, instead of working offshore or in European countries such as Iceland.
"Speaking with converters, I know that last year there was a huge effort by a number of plants to analyze more industrial shrimp at local facilities," he said. "And this is possible through the CETA agreement."