10/24/2012 08:09 EDT | Updated 12/24/2012 05:12 EST

Newfoundland fisheries minister hopeful for compromise in fish plant dispute

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries minister says he remains hopeful a compromise can be reached in a dispute surrounding a rural fish plant.

Derrick Dalley met Tuesday in St. John's with seafood firm Ocean Choice International and Earle McCurdy, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union.

The union is embroiled in a dispute with some of its own members in Fortune over a proposal from Ocean Choice International.

The company's proposal would see about 110 workers employed at the plant, but up to 75 per cent of its yellowtail quota would be shipped out of the province unprocessed.

The workers say they're in support of the deal, but the union executive has rejected it.

The decision to grant the deal is ultimately up to the government, but Dalley — who took over the fisheries portfolio last week — hasn't indicated when that might happen.

Former fisheries minister Darin King has said all parties should be in agreement over the deal.