FREDERICTON, N.B. – A second set of amendments to the Seafood Processing Act, aimed at making the seafood industry more competitive, was introduced today in the legislative assembly.
“In 2012, New Brunswick became the top exporter of fish and seafood in Canada for the first time,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp. “These amendments will assist in ensuring that we continue to be a leader in the industry.”
When the Seafood Processing Act was enacted in 2009 a commitment was made to review its impact on the industry. The amendments are a result of extensive consultations with the fish and processing industries.
The first set of amendments were introduced and passed last spring and dealt with the licensing of buyers and tighter controls to preserve the quality of the fish arriving on the wharf.
The second set of amendments are intended to improve the competitiveness of the industry in the global marketplace by supporting innovation, diversification of species, competitiveness and a focus on maintaining the high quality of the fish coming out of the processing plants.
“The changes we are making will modernize the licensing approach for seafood processors, support innovation, diversification and competitiveness,” said Olscamp.
The amendments create a new licensing structure and criteria. Current processors will be grandfathered into the new licensing structure.