The Newfoundland and Labrador Prospectors Association is looking at ways to develop a greater interest in the industry.

Association President Norm Mercer said his group has been talking with government officials and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) about expanding training opportunities.

Mercer said CNA is interested in setting up weekend courses, in addition to the two-week program it already offers. Online training is also being looked at as an option.

"We have a very small population spread out over a huge landmass, so we have to take advantage of all of the modern educational techniques and communications, to be able to deliver first-rate opportunities for learning ... for all of our people," Mercer said. 

Mercer said the association met in late October with the new natural resources minister Derrick Dalley and his officials, to review other ways to encourage more prospecting.