Bumble Bee Seafood shuts down processing plant near New Orleans, moves to Thailand — Official blames oil disaster

Tony ‘Ricky’ Melerine fills new St. Bernard Parish fisheries post, Times-Picayune, January 24, 2011

[St. Bernard Parish’s director of
fisheries and water management, Tony “Ricky”] Melerine worked at the seafood processing plant in Violet since 1968, but in October, Bumble Bee Seafood shut the plant down and told employees it was moving to Thailand. While Melerine said the company may have other rationale, he said the shutdown of the plant — which Bumble Bee had owned since 2000 — was because of the perception of Gulf Coast seafood after the oil spill.

Bumble Bee Seafood did not return calls for comment last week.

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