Caraquet's Ichiboshi fish plant lays off approximately 40 employees: union

The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet, known for its association with the snow crab industry, has laid off approximately 40 employees, according to the union president.

No one from the plant's management was made available to speak to CBC New Brunswick about the layoffs

The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet has laid off more than 40 employees as of Monday, according to the union. (Marie Isabelle Rochon/Radio-Canada)

About 40 employees of the Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet, N.B., have been laid off this weekend, according to the union president. 

Roughly 20 people were laid off Sunday night and another 20 on Monday morning, Jean-Maurice Leclair told Radio-Canada. 

The plant employs a total of 600 people.

"They're losing money so they're forced to eliminate jobs," Leclair said in a French interview with Radio-Canada. 

He said the season was anticipated to be quick but is going slowly. 

"It's sad for me, there is nothing we can do, if the company doesn't get the crab it needs … the catches are minimal." 

According to Radio-Canada, employees held a protest last Wednesday to complain about the low number of hours they were being offered. 

CBC New Brunswick tried to reach the plant's management, but no one was made available immediately for comment. 

The business manufactures, processes and markets seafood and is known for its snow crab. It also imports seafood, fruit and processed food products. 

It was established in 1874 and was incorporated in 2015. 

With files from Marie Isabelle Rochon