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Newfoundland and Labrador seafood processors unite to form single group by Barb Dean-Simmons February 26,2021   |  Source: Journal Pioneer

Association of Seafood Producers, Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador come together as one organization.

t was simply a marriage that made sense, says Derek Butler, executive director of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP).

Speaking to SaltWire following Thursday’s announcement that ASP and the Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador (SPONL) were uniting as one organization, Butler said the idea to team up had been tossed around for a while, and COVID-19 was the catalyst that brought them together.

Over the years, said Butler, both organizations had been doing similar things on common issues, like lobbying governments on policy, seeking out marketing opportunities and participating in collective bargaining with fish harvesters.

When the pandemic arrived in Canada in 2020, Butler said, the collaboration and communication between both groups ramped up as they shared information on things like sourcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and best practices to keep workers safe.

From that closer working relationship, said Butler, SPONL’s executive director Francis Littlejohn suggested it might be time to pursue a more solid collaboration, through a merger.

The new association represents 25 members, which is the majority of seafood


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