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Eye still on southern Newfoundland: Cooke Aquaculture

CANADA - A New Brunswick-based aquaculture company says it is still planning to open a fish processing plant in southern Newfoundland, but may first prefer to hire Newfoundlanders for its plants at home.

Residents of Harbour Breton opted last month to back a bid by Corner Brook businessman Bill Barry to take over the town's idled fish plant, instead of pursuing a proposal from Cooke Aquaculture.

Nell Halse, communications director for Cooke Aquaculture, said the company is still looking for a facility to process nearly two million fish it's cultivating in three farms near Belleoram, on Newfoundland's south coast.

"The other thing is that we're short workers in our plants in New Brunswick at the moment, and so we would certainly be very interested in having people from Newfoundland come to New Brunswick to work on an interim basis," Halse told CBC News.

"It would be an opportunity for people from Newfoundland to be trained to work in our facilities so that when we do open a plant in Newfoundland they would be ready to go."

Source: Cbc