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Calls for local plants to process local fish

Calls for local plants to process local fish

The member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley says his top priority right now is to fight plans by Canfisco to close its salmon canning line at its Oceanside plant in Prince Rupert.

Nathan Cullen says Canada must follow the example of Alaska and parts of Europe and create rules that require fish harvested in a certain area to be processed in that area.

He says, right now, Canadian salmon, like wood and oil, is being sent for processing in other countries, stripping Canada of vital jobs.

It’s a sentiment echoed by the United Fisherman and Allied Workers Union.

Riley Caputo of the union says it’s something they’ll be pushing the government to implement.

Caputo says there are no immediate plans for discussions with Canfisco.

Canfisco hasn’t said exactly how many jobs will vanish when the salmon canning line closes in Prince Rupert, but North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice has suggested up to 500 positions could be affected.

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