Louisbourg Seafoods Mulling Lobster Processing Plant
There’s currently no lobster processing facility in Cape Breton, but at least one player in the industry is thinking about changing that. Louisbourg Seafoods Sustainability Officer Danny Hanson tells The Coast that the current glut of Lobster has his company considering a move into the processing business. Hanson says that the company is mulling that option because the island’s lobster industry can’t afford to have so much unsold product on hand while lobsters are being sold from other areas in the region. Hanson says the company has spent the past two years preparing an application to the provincial Department of Fisheries for a licence to open a processing plant. The application is expected to be sent in the near future, and Hanson says he’s hoping that an approval will come sometime this year or in 2015. As matters currently stand, Louisbourg Seafoods is among a host of local businesses struggling to clear out their lobster inventories. Similar problems were reported over the past week in Pictou County and in parts of PEI. The glut is being blamed on big catches in southwestern Nova Scotia, and on inadequate processing capacity.