N.B. fishermen say battle against importing of Maine lobster to continue

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SHEDIAC, N.B. — Fishermen in southeastern New Brunswick say their fight to stop cheap American lobster from being processed in the province is far from over.

Hundreds of fishermen prevented an American truck from unloading lobster from Maine on Thursday at a Shediac processing plant.

By mid-afternoon, the truck was headed back to the United States with an RCMP escort.

Fishermen say it’s not fair that the inexpensive lobster is being imported just as they prepare to begin their season in the Northumberland Strait.

One of the protesters, Maurice Martin, said it may be acceptable to bring in the American crustaceans when Canadians aren’t fishing, but to do so as boats are preparing to begin work is a threat to his livelihood.

He says processing plants risk “destroying his living,” by importing just as the season is set to start in the Northumberland Strait.

Fishermen have requested a meeting with provincial Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp to discuss the issue.


(The Canadian Press)


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Maine, SHEDIAC, New Brunswick United States

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  • hypocrites
    August 03, 2012 - 14:11

    I suppose these are the same people that want to export their lobster to the states and other countries... wow.

  • What About The Workers
    August 03, 2012 - 13:43

    What about the workers at the processing plants ?? Is it only the fishers that are entilted to make a living & get their stamps . Looks like something is wrong with this picture .

  • JRCK
    August 03, 2012 - 13:35

    Pi@3ss poor way of doing thing. Lobster fishermen have to catch onto what free enterprise means . The Maine guys are subsidies like our boys ,so how do they survive?

  • Ed Prebinski
    August 03, 2012 - 12:30

    Quite response from the fishers, also breaking the customs seal, taking over and bringing out several cases of lobster, denying access to the lobster processing plant. As the driver indicated, this will end up in tit for tat response for Canadin lobster being shipped to the US. Or loads will be turned bak at th border. The processor employs local people and saw an opportunity to start early and was offered the lobster at a cheaper price. Plain and simple a business decision.