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Arisaig Fisheries Limited

Brenda MacDonald’s company, Arisaig Fisheries Ltd, has been in operation since 1976. The Arisaig Fisheries plant in Arisaig, Antigonish County processes groundfish and is home to their holding tanks for lobster, as well as their head offices. They also own and operate a large lobster processing plant in Lismore, Pictou County which has been running since 1984.

Together, the two plants employ approximately 100 people.  The lobster processed at the Lismore plant is sold in a variety of forms.  Some of the types of processed lobster they sell are: lobster meat frozen in cans, frozen whole cooked lobster and frozen, raw lobster tails. Their products are shipped mostly to the United States, Europe and Japan, although they also sell to local supermarkets and restaurants as well. Container ships that leave Halifax Harbour deliver their products to ports around the world.

The plant buys from many different wharfs in Lobster Fishing Area 26A.  Although they only process lobster from this LFA during May and June, they are open all year round, processing lobster from other areas, such as Maine in the United States.  They also process herring, scallops and shrimp.

main processing room Lismore
A busy place: a shot of the main processing room in Lismore.  

boiler Lismore fish plant
The first stop for the lobsters when they enter the plant: the boiler  

breaking apart the lobster Lismore fish plant
After boiling the next step in the process is breaking apart the lobster  

picking meat from the shells Lismore fish plant
Employees picking the meat 
from the shells  

cleaning the lobsterLismore fish plant
Employees cleaning the lobster.  

employees extracting meat Lismore fish plant
 An assembly line of employees using a wringer like machine to extract the meat from the legs of the lobster  

putting the meat in cans Lismore fish plant
Putting the meat in the cans  

putting the lids on the cans Lismore fish plant
One of the last steps in the process: putting the lids on the cans  

main processing room after hours Lismore fish plant
The main processing room after hours


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