Seaweed company looking for harvesters

[USA] It’s not your typical summer job, but a New Brunswick based company is hoping that a dozen or so people from this province will give it a try this summer.

Representatives from Acadian Sea Plants are on Fogo Island today and will be in Twillingate tomorrow to try to find people who are willing to spend their summer harvesting seaweed.

Chris Morrissey is Vice President of project management with Acadian Sea Plants.

He told TC Media, the kind of people they are looking for are those who are familiar with operating a small boat.

Beyond that, the work involves using a rake to collect seaweed each day from specific areas of the coast in New Brunswick.

The pay, he added, depends on the amount of seaweed collected.

“We pay by the tonne and some people that harvest for us can make up $1,000 or more a week,” he said.

The boats are provided by the company. The work begins in May and the seaweed collection season wraps up in September, he added.

Acadian Sea plants has been in the business of harvesting seaweed for about 30 years.

They supply seaweed to the health and beauty, animal feed and agricultural market.

Last year the company opened a $6 million production facility in Nova Scotia.

According to a report in the Halifax Chronicle Herald at that time, the company employs 330 full-time employees in nine countries, and buys from 250 seaweed harvesters in Nova Scotia and 900 worldwide. It recently expanded into Ireland, purchasing the large commercial seaweed processor Arramara Teoranta.

“We are the largest seaweed company in Canada,” says Morrissey.

Yesterday, company representatives held a job fair in Bonavista.

Today they are at Fogo Island town hall until 3 p.m.

Tomorrow they are at the Lions Club in Twillingate, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

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