Charlotte County, New Brunswick - An Aquaculture
Once hard hit by unemployment, the economy of Charlotte
County, in southwest New Brunswick, has been economically transformed by
Aquaculture now accounts for more than 3,000 full-time
jobs in the local area, representing 25% of the entire workforce.
Direct employment wages, salaries and benefits expenditures are
estimated at $47 million. In
the related supplies and services industries - such as boat building,
net and cage manufacturing, machine shops, etc. - it is estimated that
an additional 2,900 jobs have been created. These positions add close to
$46 million to regional payrolls.
On the island of Grand Manan alone, there are
approximately 240 direct and indirect full time, year round jobs that
are related to the salmon farming industry. Projections indicate that a
30% growth in employment can be realized in the next few years -
bringing 73 new jobs and an additional $1.3 million in wages to the
island. Tax revenues to New Brunswick from the salmon farming industry
on Grand Manan now exceed $4.5 million.
“Be it Resolved that the Village of Grand Manan supports
and encourages the continued growth and diversification of the
Aquaculture Industry within Southern New Brunswick.”
Resolution of the Grand Manan Village Council, 2000
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