After two years of uncertainty, the Town of Harbour Breton — and the entire Connaigre Peninsula — is poised for an economic shot in the arm as the local seafood processing plant prepares to reopen this fall.
Renovations to the plant are well underway, wharf upgrades are set to begin after the Labour Day weekend, and up to 100 people are expected to begin year-round work at the plant in November, says Mayor Roy Drake.
"Things have turned around. It looks like things are heading in the right direction," he said.
The plant was once operated by Cooke Aquaculture, but it closed two years ago after an outbreak of salmon anemia. There was further uncertainty after the Barry Group decided not to renew Cooke's lease.
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