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The Les Fruits de mer de l’Est factory closes its doors

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar18,2024

L’usine Les Fruits de mer de l&rsquo ;Est closes its doors

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The interior of the Les Fruits de mer de l’Est du Québec factory Matane. (Archive photo)

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The Les Fruits de mer de l'Est processing plant in Matane announces its closure due to difficult fishing conditions, citing in particular the lack of foreign workers.

In a press release, the Royal Greenland company, which owns the factory, indicates that this difficult decision is due to several factors, including the reduction in the supply of basic raw materials, the lack of employees and the growing financial challenges.

The peach processing industry has been putting pressure on Ottawa for several weeks to obtain an exemption for Mexican workers , who must now obtain a visa to enter the country, can come and work in marine product processing factories. The federal government closed the door to this possibility last week.

The factory, which mainly processed shrimp, also cites reductions in quotas and the reduction in prices for this species to explain its decision.

Among other things, it was the continued long-term decline in shrimp quotas as well as the increase in coastal prices and low market prices for shrimp, crab and lobster that contributed to the decision to close the factory.

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Additionally, there are several challenges in obtaining the necessary labor, even for the limited quantities we can produce, the company adds in its press release.

We are aware that the closure will have a significant impact on the Matane community and the region’s seafood industry. We recognize the importance of our dedicated team of workers and will seek solutions to support them through this difficult transition.

Les Fruits de mer factory Eastern Quebec had been in business for over 55 years. It had announced an investment of $4 million in 2022 to create a new lobster processing line and thus diversify its activities due to the collapse of shrimp stocks in the St. Lawrence estuary.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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