The new processing equipment to be installed in the plant waits to be unloaded from the back of one of the facility trucks.

New upgrades for fish plant

The federal government gave a Bella Bella fish plant a $1-million cash injection to upgrade its operations.

  • Feb. 1, 2012 2:00 p.m.

The federal government gave a Bella Bella fish plant a $1-million cash injection to upgrade its operations.

“Our Government’s top priority is the economic recovery,” said Sen. Yonah Martin, who announced the support last week.

The senator said Canada’s commercial fishing industry plays a vital role in helping to keep the economy strong.

“The upgraded Bella Bella Fish Plant will increase the amount of seafood processed on the central coast of B.C., creating more jobs and supporting economic growth,” she said.

The investment of more than $1 million in Western Diversification Program and West Coast Community Adjustment Program funding will assist in building renovations and repairs to the current facility.

It will also enable upgrades to the refrigeration system and ice maker, as well as the acquisition of capital equipment necessary to support the processing of fresh marine finfish and shellfish products at the Bella Bella fish plant.

“This project is much more than just a fish plant — it is the backbone of our efforts to revitalize the central coast fishing and marine industry, and will be the main driver for the economy of this village,” said Ray Gerow, chief executive development officer of the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation.

“We are eagerly looking forward to having it back up in full operation and greatly appreciate the funding provided by the federal government,” he said.

 

“Without this funding we would not have been able to attract other funding sources, and this project would not have been realized.”

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Local athletes fell their competition at Port McNeill Logger Sports event

The Briscoe sisters will be travelling to upcoming Logger Sports shows all throughout the summer.

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

‘Daddy bonus’ common in B.C. workplaces, study finds

UBC researchers say dads don’t have to be number one in the office to get a raise

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Crush win again – outlasting Blue Sox at Father’s Day Classic

The Blue Sox had an early lead after three innings, but the Crush responded back with heavy hitting.

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

June/July Hot Spots

Find out what’s going on in the North Island (June 20-27)

North Island College gets $328,000 for forestry education funding

Announcement in Campbell River part of $1 million around B.C.

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Reena Virk’s mother has died

Both of Virk’s parents became activists against bullying in wake of daughter’s death

Most Read