Port of Coos Bay officials and regional seafood processors are studying the development of a new facility in Charleston.
The port is applying for a $50,000 grant through Business Oregon, which the West Coast Seafood Processors Association (WCSPA) will match with $25,000. The two entities wish to study the feasibility of a center for the recovery and treatment of waste water.
Lori Steele, executive director of WCSPA, told KLCC that if successful, such a facility would help reduce operating costs for transformers and become an economic driver for the Coos Bay Port region.
“It’s kind of about developing a revolutionary approach – if you will – to serving the seafood facilities in Coos Bay and hopefully also the port by developing the industry there.”
Seafood processors are trying to cut costs while meeting environmental regulations and also recovering from the effects of the pandemic economy.
Steele said there was already strong interest and support for this public-private venture.
“The port (of Coos Bay) offered to step in and provide us with a property where we could build a facility that could service multiple businesses. There right now we have two large processors and then a smaller processor, and we also have interest from another company to add a seafood processor to the port.
If created, the Port of Coos Bay would likely see more economic activity through increased production.
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