Labrador Gem Seafoods hopes to add four new seafoods to its processing operation at the Ramea fish plant. Danny Dumaresque, the company’s CEO and president, says the application to process lobster, sea urchin, sea cucumber and whelk is ready to go.
The company currently only processes scallops in Ramea, and an unexpected problem with a harvester’s on board tank system resulted in a delayed start to the season for the plant’s 40 – 50 employees.
Dumaresque hopes that by diversifying it will allay fears about the future of the plant, while helping to extend the processing season for workers and perhaps even add a few new jobs.
“Hopefully we’ll get an approval for that application and then we’ll prepare to process these new species as they become available starting next spring,” he said via phone interview.
He cautions that adding these four new species does not mean the Ramea facility will become a year-round operation. Typically, it operates about eight months of the year, from April until November.
“It will certainly help the bottom line in terms of employment for our workforce and of course revenue for our company,” he noted.