Clark’s Harbour Seafood is ready to open a brand new $15-million lobster processing facility this month because the China-focused exporter brings its funding on Cape Sable Island in southwest Nova Scotia to greater than $45 million.
The corporate already owns three lobster kilos on Cape Sable Island together with its flagship operation, the massive Atlantic ChiCan holding facility at Newellton. About 70 per cent of reside lobster it buys is exported to mainland China.
It additionally owns homes for employees and a restaurant.
The brand new plant — positioned in Clark’s Harbour — will probably be able to processing as much as 4 million kilos of cooked lobster a 12 months permitting the corporate to generate income from lobster not hardy sufficient for prolonged reside shipments, says chief working officer John Crandall Nickerson.
“This product must be processed or you find yourself shedding it as a result of it is simply not a product that you’d placed on an extended transit into any nation,” Nickerson stated after a ribbon chopping ceremony on the new plant.
Their market consists of cruise ships in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., eating places in mainland China, different Asian international locations and Europe and grocery shops.
The plant will make use of 30 to 40 individuals when it opens, ramping as much as a workforce of 80.
Electrical work on the plant stays unfinished.
He household owns enterprise
The He household, which operates seafood processing corporations in China, owns the enterprise.
Proprietor Jim He’s a Canadian citizen who splits his time between Vancouver and Nova Scotia.
He was in Clark’s Harbour this week for the ribbon chopping. The corporate, He stated, is Canadian.
“We need to come right here to take a position. We need to assist the financial system. We need to assist the native enterprise and to create jobs. That is our aim,” He informed CBC Information.
“That is why we maintain investing increasingly cash. Not elsewhere. Not Yarmouth, not Shelburne, not New Brunswick, Newfoundland. Not wherever else. Simply right here. Cape Sable Island.”
He estimated the household has spent between $45 million and $50 million on Cape Sable Island.
“I feel it is not nearly cash. Some years you make good cash, some years you misplaced some huge cash, like this 12 months, like we misplaced some huge cash. However you recognize there’s all the time an opportunity. You simply have to work tougher,” He stated.
The corporate has additionally purchased up current companies together with its Atlantic ChiCan lobster pound outdoors Clark’s Harbour, Stoney Island Fisheries and Clark’s Harbour Seafood.
Cape Sable Island is within the Municipality of Barrington which payments itself because the lobster capital of Canada.
‘China will not be attempting to take over this lobster business’
The corporate is delicate to considerations it has an excessive amount of affect over the lobster enterprise.
Nickerson raised the difficulty unprompted in an interview.
“What individuals do not understand is that no nation can management a fishery as a result of the fishermen are in management. The one individuals that may personal a licence or a ship is a fisherman. It doesn’t matter what nation buys a facility right here, they’ll solely purchase lobster when the fisherman desires to promote it,” Nickerson stated,
“China’s not attempting to take over this lobster business. China is attempting to assist this lobster business.'”
Nickerson factors to the impression of Chinese language demand which has stored wharf costs up at the same time as provide — lobster landings — have risen dramatically.
Nickerson acknowledges however downplays the impression of the COVID lockdown and protests in China.
“There’s all the time concern a couple of market that could be shut down, however you bought to recollect in the course of the peak of COVID, what stored this business going was the supermarkets.”
He says processed lobster might be bought into retail shops.
“Folks need to eat no matter COVID.”
Firm cleaned up its act
Atlantic ChiCan has been within the information twice within the final 12 months — for the unsuitable causes.
In December 2021 it was convicted and fined $50,000 for illegally delivery American lobsters, primarily to China, and claiming they got here from Canada.
The shipments of 63,000 kilos of Maine lobster averted Chinese language tariffs imposed on the time on U.S. seafood.
Final month Atlantic ChiCan once more pleaded responsible and was assessed $75,000 in fines and penalties for holding undersized and egg-bearing feminine lobsters.
The offences occurred in 2019.
“Earlier people who have been operating the corporate, we removed these individuals. They’re not within the firm, they’re gone,” says Nickerson, who joined the corporate after the offences have been dedicated.
The corporate has introduced in high quality management managers.
The situations that created authorized issues with Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Meals Inspection Company are prior to now, he says.
“After we knew that we had issues with the administration, we did one thing about it.”
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