Fisheries minister on Bay de Verde fish plant fire: ‘We’ll rebuild’

Newfoundland's fisheries minister says he's hopeful the Bay de Verde fish plant will be rebuilt with just "a short interruption," but it's too soon to confirm timelines.

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland’s fisheries minister says he’s hopeful the Bay de Verde fish plant will be rebuilt with just “a short interruption,” but it’s too soon to confirm timelines.

Steve Crocker says he’ll work with the Quinlan Brothers owners to help displaced workers and ensure millions of pounds of seafood are processed at other sites.

The company was not commenting when reached Tuesday about the massive fire that ripped through its plant Monday in eastern Newfoundland.

Crocker says the cause of the disaster is still under investigation but economic effects will be felt around the region.

The plant was expected to employ about 700 people starting this month through November.

Crocker says it was the largest snow crab producer in the province, handling about seven million kilograms last year.