Thousands of lobsters thrown away as N.B. plants short-staffed

FREDERICTON - Despite unemployment rates hovering near double-digit territory, New Brunswick lobster plants were so short-staffed last year that thousands of pounds of lobster had to be thrown out.

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Although the province struggles with unemployment and retention, New Brunswick Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet says there are some jobs that Canadians won't do.

He's hoping the federal government will make more people available through the temporary foreign worker program to avoid future lobster losses.

Alex Furlong, regional director of the Canadian Labour Congress, says industries should be recruiting with better wages and benefits.

But Doucet says many people still wouldn't take the jobs even with another $5 or $10 dollars an hour.

Ian MacPherson of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association says filling seasonal jobs will always be difficult, especially when the fishing, agriculture and tourism industries are all looking for people at the same time.



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