Deer Island Lobster Processing Plant To Be Rebuilt: Minister

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 15:37 PM

The company that owns the lobster processing plant on Deer Island that burned down in a devastating overnight fire this week is planning to rebuild from the ashes.

That's according to area MLA and minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Rick Doucet who says Paturel International are looking towards both the short-term and long-term.

"They're going to be up and operating again on Monday is what their plans are, it's going to be a little smaller scale but they want to maintain their branding and their position in the marketplace," says Doucet. "The fact is that they will be rebuilding."

Doucet says there is a sense of optimism in the air today.

"There will be an impact on the community for a while until the plant is fully up and running but there's optimism to make it happen and I'm glad to see that. Yesterday was very devastating and today the news is just starting to get a little bit better."

The plant which is a major employer for the region went up in flames early Thursday morning and was completely destroyed in the fire.

It's the second fire to hit the company since September when a raised lobster tank burned to the ground.