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Monday, February 22, 2010

Last U.S. Sardine Cannery to Close

It's too bad....


But Maine fisheries are old world at best, falling apart, and regulated to death.


On top of that, doing business in Maine is next to impossible.


Former Governor Angus King called Maine the "new Switzerland". Are you kidding me?


Maine is about as far from Switzerland as you can get.


Anyway, that's it for sardines in Maine......


Prospect Harbor — Employees at Prospect Harbor’s Stinson Sardine Cannery, the last sardine cannery in Maine and the United States, learned this week that they will be out of a job after April 18.

Bumble Bee Foods announced Feb. 17 it will close Stinson within 60 days. The plant currently employs 127 full- and part-time workers.

In a press release, Bumble Bee blamed the closure on continuing reductions of total allowable catch of herring in New England. The New England Fishery Management Council reduced the overall level of the allowable herring catch by 36 percent, from 165,000 metric tons for the 2007 to 2009 period to 106,000 metric tons for the 2010 to 2012 fishing seasons.

Sardines are juvenile herring. Stinson produces Beach Cliff brand canned sardine and herring products.

The affected workers include 12 salaried and 115 hourly positions, some of the latter of which are seasonal.

Some employees have been with the plant for decades. One has been with Stinson for 54 years.

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