The interim leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberals says time is running out for workers who lost their jobs when a White Bay fish plant shut down this winter.

About 50 former workers in Jackson's Arm met with Dwight Ball on Saturday to talk about their options, which Ball said are few.

P. Janes & Sons shut down the plant in March, as well as plants in Salvage and Hant's Harbour.

"Right now, it's a desperate situation for a number of families because they have no income at all," said Ball, who organized the meeting.

"It's been their only employment their entire lives."

Ball said families need a short-term solution because they've run out of employment insurance benefits.

Ball said he plans to speak with municipal affairs officials about a temporary project to get people back to work.

He said the project, which would be based on tourism and community development, would help people become eligible for EI so they can have time to come up with a long-term solution.

He's hoping the project will get up and running within the next 10 days.