Ms. Thorkelson, who is the UFAWU-Unifor representative on the North Coast, noted that while there has been a bumper year to this point for both pink and chum salmon in the region, the numbers of those working at the fish plant on George Hills way are down significantly.
|The loading dock at Canadian Fish on|
George Hills Way was in full motion this
week as fish landed in
Prince Rupert headed out of town
|Boats making their arrival at the |
Canadian Fish unloading docks
bringing in the catch
from recent fishing efforts
As July comes to an end, Thorkelson outlined that from her numbers, only 250 workers were currently employed at the George Hills facility, with much of the work that has been required that of minimal work, mainly directed towards butchering the catch quickly and preparing it for turn around to be sent to Vancouver for further processing and shipment overseas.
She observed for Council that at this time last year, when the Canadian Fish plant was running its canning lines, there were close to 750 workers employed.
Adding that the city would feel the economic impact to the commercial fishery in town particularly from the reduced amount of work for those that have not been called back this summer.
Her short report to Council can be viewed from the City's Video archive starting at the two hour twenty nine minute mark.
More items related to the North Coast fishery can be found on our archive page.