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Part of the mission of the Oregon Trawl Commission is to increase opportunities to ensure a sustainable and profitable trawl fishing industry. It’s in this spirit that we would like to recognize and thank the Port of Brookings, the state Department of Environmental Quality, Pacific Seafood and the State of Oregon for their efforts to ensure that 15 local shrimp trawlers have a buyer and processor here in our community. 
When the opportunity was identified to reopen BC Fisheries, these partners collaborated to quickly get the facility up and running in the midst of the busy shrimp season. Pacific Seafood opened the plant on July 2 with the target to process there up to five million pounds of Oregon Pink shrimp this season. 
Pacific Seafood’s decision to reopen the shuttered facility not only supports our local fishermen but also 34 jobs that would have otherwise been lost in our community. The company reports that many of BC Fisheries workers and management team are returning to work, playing a critical role in the reopening of this facility. 
Reopening the BC Fisheries plant is great news for our industry and community. We appreciate the efforts of all who have helped make this possible. Thank you for supporting your local trawl fishermen! 

Yelena Nowak, 
Oregon Trawl Commission 

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