LOUISBOURG, NS, Sept. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Louisbourg Seafoods welcomes today's announcement from the Government of Canada related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Jim Kennedy, an owner and founder of the Louisbourg Seafoods Group, applauds Minister Gail Shea's leadership on this important initiative for Atlantic Canada.
"I am very happy to see Minister Shea and her colleague Minster Fast working hard on these important negotiations. Access to the Asian market is key for the future of our fishery – and the elimination of the tariffs will certainly open up important markets such as Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia to Canada."
Louisbourg Seafoods estimates that these tariff changes could lead to the creation of up to 500 new full-time, year-round, jobs in Eastern Nova Scotia over the next five years.
Kennedy added: "There's a tremendous appetite for our fish products in Asia. Industry is excited to have the opportunity to expand business and compete in new global markets. We look forward to the TPP agreement that will increase market access for Canadian seafood with 11 countries in one of the world's most dynamic economic regions. It will drive investment in our industry and create full time, durable jobs in Atlantic Canada."
ABOUT THE COMPANY - Louisbourg Seafoods is a family-operated seafood business. Founded in 1984, owners James and Lori Kennedy have built a large diversified fisher, processor, and international marketer of seafoods. The group employs upwards of 600 people in Eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. Louisbourg Seafoods is committed to the conservation and care of ocean species and habitat as members of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
SOURCE Louisbourg Seafoods
For further information: Dannie Hanson, Vice-President, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd., (C) 902-565-1088, [email protected]; www.louisbourgseafoods.ca