Masset to hire customs officer

  • Apr. 13, 2005 4:00 p.m.

The village of Masset voted Monday night (April 11) to hire a customs officer for the summer, after reading a letter from Omega Packing Company Limited.
Omega general manager Bob Jongewaard wrote that the loss of the customs position would be “disastrous” for the company, which just last year started buying Alaskan salmon to process.
Mr. Jongewaard said last year Omega processed 500,000 pounds of Alaskan fish, and this year expects to process a whopping 3.5 million pounds. But this opportunity and the jobs it would create – a payroll worth $750,000 – would be lost without the customs position, his letter stated.
Council members had previously been thinking about the possibility of not hiring a customs officer this year, because the economic benefits were not completely clear. But after reading the Omega letter, they voted to approve the position.
Administrator Trevor Jarvis said the village hopes to have the customs position in place between mid-June and mid-September, at a cost of approximately $17,000 to $19,000.
Some of that expense will be offset by a docking fee which the village plans to start charging Omega, Mr. Jarvis said. The dock is currently being refurbished, and once that work is done, there will be a fee (in the range of $100, he suggested) to use the dock.
Mr. Jarvis said he had informed Omega that there would probably be a docking fee in place this summer. The company expects to have about three vessels a week coming in for 10 to 12 weeks, he said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Registration open for first-annual ‘NextIslandpreneur’ student business competition

Competition offers mentors, iPads, seed money, cash prizes to young entrepreneurs on Haida Gwaii

Haida Nation reminds ‘select few’ fishing lodges that Haida Gwaii is closed to non-essential travel

‘Upholding Haida law amid COVID-19’ release comes one day before Queen Charlotte Lodge plans to reopen

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Northern B.C. First Nations call for reversal of grizzly bear hunting ban

Growing grizzly populations have led to fewer ungulates and increased fear of attacks says Chad Day

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Most Read