Some processing companies are looking for workers outside Croatia, and some are getting ready to relocate processing facilities to neighbouring countries. The company Žuvela, has opened a processing plant in Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Olasagasti from Split has also recently opened a processing facility there. Another company that is looking at relocation due to lack of staff, is Conex Trade, one of Croatia’s largest fish processors, which is planning to build a facility in Pristina, Kosovo.
Lack of labour forces Croatian processors to move abroad
The Croatian fish processing industry has been facing a growing lack of skilled labour for its production, a problem which escalated in 2019. This has led to changes in business plans for the coming years. The high-intensity production with many workers is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Automation and robotics are mentioned more often within the industry even though, in some sectors like small pelagic fish, there is still high demand for skilled workers, since automation is not an efficient enough substitute.