Mariner Seafood workers quickly finding employment

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Officials from three fish plants, Aqua Farm operation at job fair

Wade Fraser chats with Skills P.E.I. employee Angela Blanchard and Innovation Minister Allen Roach during a job fair held in Montague to help about 100 workers find employment after Mariner Seafoods announced it would not reopen this year.

MONTAGUE — Former workers from Mariner Seafoods are expected to have few problems finding employment elsewhere, a job fair confirmed here Friday.

“I’ve got my name in everywhere and hope

something happens,” said affected worker Wade Fraser, who spent three years working at the Brudenell-based fish plant that boasted a payroll of more than $1  illion in the local economy.

The plant won’t be processing this year.

However, Fraser shouldn’t have too much of a problem, according to Skills P.E.I.  personnel who hosted the job fair at the local Wellness Centre.

Three fish plants and an Aqua Farm operation all had representatives here looking for workers as about 50 people filtered through looking for a job.

“I’m really hopeful that we’ll see the demand exceed the supply of workers,” said Blair Aitken of Skills P.E.I.

“There is a real demand for workers and I don’t think we’ll see many former employees not find work.”

Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley was on site at the job fair along with Innovation Minister Allen Roach.

“We had one plant already hire 30 workers before we even opened the job fair,’’ said Roach.

“People might have to travel a bit further, but things look very good.”

Plants like Beach Point and Seafood 2000 in Georgetown were at the fair looking for workers along with the North Lake operation that confirmed it would open this year under new Asian connection owners. Mariner Seafoods employed about 100 people.

“The employees of Mariner all lived in this region and if they all get hired, it means that payroll remains in the region and that’s a good thing,” said the minister.

The lobster fishing season will be in full swing in two weeks.

Organizations: Aqua Farm, Wellness Centre, Seafood 2000

Geographic location: Beach Point, Georgetown, North Lake

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Recent comments

  • Don't Know
    April 18, 2013 - 07:32

    Don't know how much truth there is to this story ? Was talking to people from Murray Harbour yesterday & mentioned this story to be told that it might not be as good as it sounds . Was told that 125 foreign workers are already booked for the Beach Point plant & locals are not being hired . Will be interesting to see if it is true .

    • princess
      January 08, 2016 - 22:36

      I hope its not true

  • liberal no more
    April 17, 2013 - 19:08

    Maybe those Mariner workers could give Ghiz some pointers on how to drum up some work,we will have lots of jobs when the next election is called,to late the damage for not providing meaningful jobs will be done.

  • lesslie
    April 16, 2013 - 19:30

    perhaps orange would be perfect

  • roberto
    April 16, 2013 - 09:52

    great that these employees from the old Mariners Seafood fish plant are finding jobs, but the net effect is still a large number of fewer jobs in the area; every job the Mariners Seafood ex-employees get means some other unemployed worker doesn't get it; the solution is to create more jobs - that is one of the primary mandates of governments

  • Further
    April 16, 2013 - 09:28

    If someone on minimum wage has to drive an hour to get to work, with high gas prices, well, what more can I say.

    • to Further
      April 16, 2013 - 10:45

      Car-pooling is a common practice elsewhere in the world. It might work for these employees as well that are on the same shift.

  • Nice red sweater remember to vote liberal
    April 16, 2013 - 08:50

    When is to much too much, amongst all the photo op's, the red ties and sweaters reminding all the voters how red and blue betray them. funny eh?

    • mej
      April 16, 2013 - 10:36

      So what color would you suggest our politicians wear? Perhaps you would like to see all white? Time for you to get a life, or a job, or both

    • to Nice REd Sweater
      April 16, 2013 - 10:47

      This was a very positive story and the employees were thankful to have an opportunity to find employment so quickly. Why would you take such a trivial matter as what clothing a person is wearing to comment on? Idle minds I guess.