Meeting to end the lobster protest appears to have ended in failure

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Fishermen end blockades in Souris, Georgetown, Beach Point

Buck Watts, right and Charlie McGeoghegan, centre, along with other fishermen go into a meeting Sunday in Charlottetown held in hopes ofending the lobster dispute. Both McGeoghegan and Watts are MLAs and also fishermen.

A meeting Sunday in Charlottetown held to try to settle the lobster strike and get the boats  back on the water appears to have failed.

Some agreements and new directions were reached, according to the PEI Fishermen's Association, but efforts to end the stalemate were unsuccessful.

Among those at the meeting were Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley, Allan Campbell, executive assistant to Premier Robert Ghiz, processors, MLAs, and representatives of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association.

Island fishermen have tied up their boats since Wednesday to protest low prices and had blockaded traffic at ports in Souris, Georgetown and Beach Point.

The protest quickly spread to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in an unprecedented sign of solidarity among notoriously independent-minded fishermen.

Thursday, talks between Island processors and the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association went nowhere. The meeting was held following a major rally earlier in the day at DFO offices attended by more than 800 fishermen.

 

Unless there is some movement in prices Sunday, the spring season could come possibly to an early and abrupt end for some fishermen and result in an economic crisis for the sector which is valued at more than $100 million on P.E.I.

Protesting fishermen in Souris allowed a $400,000 lobster shipment to leave the Island port Saturday evening for the U.S. in what one fisher described as a sign of good faith.

The shipment had been blocked in the town for most of the day by fishermen upset low lobster prices.

The lobsters had arrived via the Magdalen Islands from a co-op representing some 82 lobster boats. Shortly after arriving off the ferry from the Magdalens, fishermen surrounded two trucks and prevented them from leaving.

A fisherman spokesman said the live shipment would have been in jeopardy and caused hardship to fellow fishers in the Magdalens had it been held up any further.

The blockade was the latest in a series of protests across the Maritimes as many lobster fishermen refuse to fish until brokers agree to pay a higher price.

Upwards of 2,000 lobster boats remained tied up at wharfs throughout the Maritimes on Saturday.

The decision not to fish Saturday was all the more dramatic because the Mother’s Day weekend is the heaviest time for local lobster sales.

Another injunction was issued Friday in P.E.I. Supreme Court to allow shipments in and out of Seafood 2000 plant in Georgetown. A day earlier the court had issued a similar injunction for a plant in Beach Pt.

Hundreds of fishermen had defied the injunction Thursday, Friday and Saturday and used lobster boats to block access to the port areas. The blockades were lifted on Sunday.

RCMP had officers on hand while fishermen defied the injunction but no arrests were made.

The price that brokers are willing to pay varies across all three provinces but ranges between $2.75 and $3.75 per pound for canner lobster, and between $3.25 and $4 per pound for market-sized.

The price is the lowest on P.E.I. when canners are getting between $2.75 and $3, while markets are $3.25 to $3.50.

Fishermen say that with the rising costs of fuel and bait, anything less than $5 per pound is unreasonable.

The Beach Point Processing Company had filed an injunction Thursday against lobster fishermen who had blockaded the plant, placing boats blocking the access road.

On Friday, Seafood 2000 Ltd. in Georgetown, P.E.I. filed a second injunction against fishermen there who had set up blockades outside that plant.

Similar situations are playing out in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The situation is so serious that some fishermen are planning to start landing gear Monday and end their season, after fishing only eight days this spring. Anger began when the first tickets outlining prices from buyers were given to fishermen last week.

 

The spring season had started out with the hope of strong prices, based on what fishermen in southwestern N.S. were getting over the fall and winter, where market lobsters were selling at times for more than $10 a pound.

 

 “There is strong talk out there of just ending the season — if you have the ability to stop the hemorrhaging, then you do,” Ian MacPherson, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, said from Charlottetown.

 

Prices for market-sized lobsters are about $2 less than what was expected. MacPherson said fishermen are looking for prices similar to what they were getting last year, at around $4.50 to $5 a pound.

But there appears to be little movement on either side of the dispute, with processors arguing they can’t afford to pay more for a product that is seeing uncertain demand and competition from other seafood industries.

 

Jeff Malloy of the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association says the marketplace cannot bear the prices being sought by fishermen and that the value slumped because too many lobsters were being caught.

 

“Right now, the marketplace is telling us the shore price shouldn’t be any higher than what we’ve offered, so there’s certainly an impasse,” Malloy said.

“Over the last number of years, there’s been a huge shift in the quantity being landed.”

 

He said the volume of lobster landed in the region rose from 150 million pounds in 2006 to 300 million pounds last year. The federal Fisheries Department valued lobster exports at about $1 billion in 2011.

 

But the industry is in desperate need of revision, say some who have seen Maine landings go up, demand for Canadian lobster fall as the dollar hits par and tensions rise between processors and fishermen, who sometimes don’t know what price they’ll get until well into the season.

 

Malloy agreed, saying the two sides need to keep talking because all sides are being hurt by the latest dispute in an industry that has been stung by slumping prices and uncertainty in recent years.

He said hundreds of people at his processing plant in P.E.I. aren’t working because product is not coming in, dealing a double blow to some families who work on the water and in the plants.

“This makes it difficult for everyone,” he said. “When there’s no lobsters, there’s no work.”

 

 

Organizations: Seafood 2000, RCMP, Beach Point Processing Company P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association

Geographic location: Magdalens, U.S., Iceland P.E.I. Fishermen Georgetown Magdalen Islands Beach Pt Beach Point New Brunswick Nova Scotia Southwestern N.S. Charlottetown Maine

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  • Just Why
    May 13, 2013 - 08:09

    Just why should there be a buy back using working peoples tax money ?? Is this past action not the reason why the price of a fleet is inflated to where it is now . Any one needing to make a $40,000 to $60,000 payment a year has borrowed to much money for a two month business & didn't have enough down payment of their own money. That's 101 economics . I for one resent my tax dollar being used to inflate the price of fleets & then giving a two month fisher a large retirement fund Also don't forget the $ 500,000 capital gains deduction they get on this buy back , How many other workers other than farmers get's this deduction . None I know of . Lets be real & let this mess take care of itself , The ones that can make a living will & the ones who shouldn't be fishing will get out & get another job. Prices for a fleet will then go back to where it should be & price of lobster will raise to what the market will bear.

  • Mary
    May 12, 2013 - 22:07

    its about time the south side got the trap limit put to the same as the north 250 or 200 traps on all the island and the caparice put on the south side like the north has had to put up with and yes the plants should not be allowed the foreign workers last fall there was a plant using Mexico workers in his plant when the canadian authories stepped into the plant he sent the foreign workers out on the beach for 45 minutes because he said to our people he didnt have enough work at the present the owner also worked them 50 -60 hours and payed them for 35 hours then shredded the time cards so the government he thinks they cant find out things are allowed to happen like this they dont deserve to be allowed to have these people come here and be used like dogs

  • Just wondering
    May 12, 2013 - 20:00

    Just wondering if Charlie is still getting his MLA pay cheque

  • chris
    May 12, 2013 - 17:43

    What the fsihers need to clue into is it is a Global Marketplace. If they don't fish in Atlantic Canada there will still be lobster avilable come from Maine. Maine lobsters is just as good as Atlantic Canada lobster anbd people wiill still buy and restaurants will still serve it. Problem is the fishers don't get is that they don't get tos et the price the customer is the one who gets set the price by what they will pay. A beef farmer or potao farmers does not get tosay how much he will be paid for his product..the price is set by the person who is buying it. Fishermen need to either grow and learn how business works or else go find a new line of work.

  • fall fisher
    May 12, 2013 - 17:16

    where were you guys when we needed help last fall.conflict of interest or what.every time a fall gear went for sale a spring fisher bought it.wonder why.if you went through what we went through the last 10years you'd be gone crazy.for the fools who went and borrowed 500grand to buy a gear get better advisers.U.S. dollar is why prices are low so we've accepted it.how often is a lobster handled before someone in europe eats it.supply and demand baby's.i heard a plant up west that the fisherman own offered this meeting to see their books.can't be any crooked work done there fishers get the profits.where's north lake coop.fishers there had no guts and jumped to polar and oci and are now paying the price.good luck to the common sense fishers that want to fish.

  • FISHERMAN
    May 12, 2013 - 17:08

    although i agree with open ur eyes on the fact that there alot of lobsters being landed i would like to ask u (open ur eyes)to answer these questions for me..1,,,if the industry can pay 5 $ a pound for lobster in the maggies and 4.50 in nova scotia why cant it pay us more than 3 $ here,,,2 if my friend has to pay 12 or 13 $ a pound for lobster in ontario then doesnt that price warrent that we get enough $ for those lobsters to at least turn a small profitt....it is not fisherman greed that is causing this problem ...it is corparate greed that is the problem and im not talking about the processers..The amount of money between us and what the consumer pays is unbeiveable.....it costs us about 3 $ a pound to fish and if there is one thing i know for sure is that it doesnt cost 9$ a pound to get the lobster to market....think befor u speak

  • Fed up with buyers
    May 12, 2013 - 16:37

    We know one of those shipment from the magelines went to New Brunswick and did the other go to Dewis Cooke's plant in Borden? If it did we know he payed $5.08 a pound for the Maggies lobster plus he payed for the shipping . Then why would he pay them that kind of money and only pay$2.75- $3.50 to Island Fisherman. God knows how much Maine lobster he is bringing in and puting island fishermen out of buisness.If he dozen't make money how come he owns 3 plants on the Island. Guess he wants all island fisherman out of buisness then he could buy up the gears and hire people to fish them. It is time the goverment cheaked him out.

  • c'mon man
    May 12, 2013 - 16:35

    Had mussels and steak for mothers day. I supported the real workers. They work almost year around and not just 10 weeks then live off the rest of us. I hope they pull their traps monday. If they dont I hope dfo follows the rules and goes and takes their traps and inmpounds them. Then see how much they cry when they have to live like everyone else. You have no support from the majority of the people so give it up. Stay strong processors the fishermen dont have the balls to last much longer.

  • Fix
    May 12, 2013 - 16:29

    Have a quota per port and only the strong survive.

  • lobster buyer
    May 12, 2013 - 16:08

    don't rush guys,one at a time,$2.75 a pound! you missed the mothers day premium price

  • Crazy
    May 12, 2013 - 16:01

    I wonder how many fisherman would go out and fish if they thought they wouldn get banished by there own?I think there lucky they can even sell there catch.Perhaps a better price with a quota per harbor? Then you snooze you loose.

  • launching fisherman
    May 12, 2013 - 15:49

    The fishermen from grahams pond that never caught fish before are keeping this going long enough for the lobster to crawl onto their ground!! wakre up boys!

  • Dan MacKinnon
    May 12, 2013 - 15:12

    Can some explain to me why these companies have been making record profits if there is a so called glut of lobster in the market. I have included 2 links here the first please read profiles for each of these companies and the second link well the head line says it all. http://pier2peer.lobstersuppliers.com/2011/04/top-10-suppliers-of-north-american-live.html http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1128354-clearwater-ceo-links-losses-to-lack-of-supply

  • fishermans family
    May 12, 2013 - 15:08

    sooo...what if everyone went to work tomorrow morning and were told that ur wage was going to be cut in half compared to what u made last year? Would you not feel as though u were being treated unfairly? Same work and same productivity..... just think what you, Mr.and Mrs. consumer,j would feel like when u take home half a pay cheque!!!

  • Being Fair
    May 12, 2013 - 14:51

    We had a business many years ago, and because of supply and demand, we lost our business. No one was there for us to give us more money or help us out with our bills. No one cared. We moved on! I do commend the fishermen for taking a stand, but now it looks like you have lost and the packers/processors are not going to budge. It looks like they could even shut you all down and say, we are finished! If that is the case, then I hope you have money in the bank to pay your Bills, because as a tax payer, we are tired of giving hand outs to the fishing industry. It was done before, let's not forget the polar years, only in this case, the packers/processors will not look for government money, but we know fishers will, they feel entitled!!! By the way, who is going to pay the plant workers for missing all this time?? They are just as important, they need to feed their families too!!

  • lobster buyer
    May 12, 2013 - 14:49

    ill be buying on northside by Wednesday southside may as well take traps ashore.not enough fish for $3 a pound

  • James Macgoo Lakeside
    May 12, 2013 - 14:49

    The discussions between fishermen and processors are what will resolve this issue. The government should not be a part of the resolution. Once settled, there will be aftermath for the government to address. It is safe to conclude that past actions by government to buy-out fishermen did not help the issue. Subsidies to processors by the government have not avoided this crisis. I believe the answer still lies in pure economics. PEI has yet to recognize too many individuals, lobster fishermen, and processors are relying on an industry that can not support their numbers. The individuals making many of the caustic comments should take a moment to read their comments as someone from away, I think they would be shocked at the tone of them. Stop bickering and assist all involved resolve this matter. The resolution will come down to jobs that can pay a fair wage versus market conditions. There will be a displacement of workers. Let's accept that begin a discussion concerning how to find employment for them.

  • True Facts..
    May 12, 2013 - 14:26

    Its not Island lobster thats fludding the market...go to compass and watch land and sea on south nova....first day of the season anywhere from 12,000-18,000 ...and can fish Dec-May....Plus Maine can fish year round...sorry guys but until you have a 2 month season the market place can't handle thoses catches and the price of lobster will never rebound...Island fisher north side can catch 20,000-25,000 lbs a season.....so lets say 25,000 x 3.00=75,000.....now bank payment is 40,000....now that leaves 35,000...to pay wages, fuel, bait, insurance,etc....not much going into my pocket....plus my truck is a 2003 just so you know...

    • phil
      May 12, 2013 - 19:19

      plus 20,000 a year on ei, plus the tax deductions on 35 000 of expenses

  • AMAZED
    May 12, 2013 - 13:44

    If PEI plants can pay $5.50 for soft shell lobster in Maine and then truck it all the way here to process it they can pay local fishermen who deliver to the plant even more.We are just asking for $5.00 for a better quality product,end of.

    • processor
      May 12, 2013 - 14:54

      shake your head amazed. we are not paying $5.50 for softshell maine lobster. we will be buying yours for $3 next week though.you cant afford to lose the season.

  • Precious
    May 12, 2013 - 13:40

    To the person who is under the name PLANT WORKER I suggest you open your eyes and get on board with the fishermen and start blaming the buyers here this whole process is like a domino affect its not only hurting the fishermen it's also hurting the plant workers as well and it's true there are a lot of uneducated people commenting on this issue that have no clue all they care about is complaining and there EI. I no the fishermen get top stamps and all but now a days there are a lot that head west after the season is over just to make ends meet because of the cost of things these days. The fishing industry today isn't in a good state like it used to be. Keep it up boys/ gals lets win this battle.

  • Laughing
    May 12, 2013 - 13:08

    Plant worker i can tell by your comment that you are not that educated on this issue ,in fact your ignorance is quite obvious.I assume you know what that means!!!!l First of all fishermen indirectly pays your wage ,the packer sets your hourly rate but without fishermen there would be no plant for you to go work at! Secondly would you work for $3 an hour!! Thirdly go ahead and buy your lobster at Sobeys, while your there maybe you can apply for a job selling those lobster at minimum wage or obviously you will work for $3 an hour!! But more importantly I don"t believe you work in a fish plant becauseyou don"t sound that smart!! I am sorry your life is so miserable that you have to come up with uninformed comments.

  • Fish buyer
    May 12, 2013 - 12:39

    Im sure they do teach it in Business 101 Souris, as well as how dumb it is. So if that is the case, the NB plant that continues to pay $2/lb than "they should" according to you, then they will not be in business for very long by anyone's standards.Give it more than a weekend, I realize you want it now, but perhaps your efforts to increase demand, and you do understand supply and demand of course, are paying off already?

  • open your eyes
    May 12, 2013 - 12:36

    @ souris fisherman, while i commend the south side of the island (spring and fall seasons) for addressing this situation and implementing a buy back program as well as reducing the trap limit, the north side has the bulk of the fishing gears on the island and continue to vote down any kind of trap reduction or buy back.they continue to land the majority of the lobster on the island without any consideration to the current market status. their blatant greed of "we want it all and the rest be damned" is whats wrong with with this industry and whats punishing those who make an effort to correct the situation. the fact still remains there is too much lobster being landed and until that stops nothing will change

    • Eyes wide open
      May 12, 2013 - 15:01

      This may be the most intelligent comment I have read in days.....thank-you.....

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    May 12, 2013 - 11:16

    Change is always uncomfortable. Justifiable righteous change can be even more uncomfortable. I believe the fishers are correct in sticking to their convictions. The demand for the lobster is not going to go away or lessen, as demand will only increase over time. So a little hardship now for everyone associated in the fishery are necessary growing pains in order to protect and main a viable fishery in the future for our children. I have very little but I am willing to share it with the fishers should they need it next winter, and I am sure there are other Islanders with the same generous spirit. GOVERNMENT has failed to protect the fishery from the BIG BIZ predators like Walmart, Sobeys, Superstore, etc., etc. and the result is small prices for the little guy.

  • The Life of A Farmer
    May 12, 2013 - 11:04

    Just wondering what the fisherman pay for fertilizer, land rent, buy land, seed, tractors, combines,ect., excessive fuel bills ,selling pigs at a loss, price of beef the same price as in 2003. This is reality for a farmer.!!!! We take other jobs off the farm to make ends meet maybe fisherman should too.

  • don
    May 12, 2013 - 10:29

    BOBBIE. you whine about your pay. what about the safety of the fishermen out on the water every day they take a chance on the boat going down. and what about the money they owe to banks do you think they get the boats are free? the winner in this is the stores and processors. so think about how safe. The most common causes of death among fishermen are fires, collisions, groundings and capsizing in the past 5 years there has been 60 die. now you all think about that is your jobs and the fish worth the lives.

  • Chartered Accountant
    May 12, 2013 - 10:26

    Something has got to give soon The seasonal employment community is 22 days away from total collape. Some food merchants are down 5 percent with the lockout. Traps got to start getting hauled as to put the industry in a reduced capacity, suppose its 250 lbs per fleet/ day, but talked need to move on as the stand still in fishing is making a bad situation worse. While hard to do we need to get back to basics here and progress these discussions, new fishers can't quantify no revenue activity on their investments of fleets.. Let's move it along soon.

  • Steve
    May 12, 2013 - 10:16

    Well, I guess the lack of fishing and all of the protests mean absolutely nothing. The price for lobster dropped today. May 12. Happy Mothers Day! I was told a week ago that the price would be dropping today, This was planned in advance by the buyers. The reason given a week ago was that this is the weekend that all seasons will be open and the market can not handle the lobsters at $4.50. So, given that many boats have been and remain tied up and that there is bad weather over the entire maritime preventing fishing by those who are willing to fish can anyone explain why the price dropped. Clearly fishing pressure is not a factor, that was evidently a lie.

  • Slim
    May 12, 2013 - 10:11

    Individual fishing quota between 20 to 25 thousand lbs per license would be the only solution to this! Or are the Northside fishers to greedy for this ???

  • Plant Worker
    May 12, 2013 - 10:04

    I hope the boats start fishing soon,then the plant workers should protest over their low wages,and moan why thet can,t have 50 k trucks,and stick it to the lobster fisher.s whom only care about one thing,themselves. Just look at the comments from the general pblic and the fisherman don,t have much sympathy.Fishing used to be a noble job,I would be afraid to even say I was a fisherman. Oh, well ,they will either land their traps,which I would bet 99 percent will not do and take the low price as the packers will out last the fisherman any day. Time to boil some lobsters,from Sobeys of course

    • dave
      May 12, 2013 - 11:20

      my gosh .see a lot of comments regarding"50,000 $ trucks" there are a lot of people who buy new trucks and cars as well..... should everyone be expected to drive around in rust buckets? as far as buying from sobeys fill your boots,,, not near as good as fresh ones from the salt water

    • anna
      May 12, 2013 - 14:55

      i agree we make make very little for our acking bodys and to say we are under educated is by far ignorant.plant workers by far should be paid 12 an hour and in some cases too many boss's and not enough indians are making more to make the rest miserable.

  • Dai Bando
    May 12, 2013 - 10:04

    There are many uneducated people commenting on this lobster story and are attacking the fishermen without knowing how much the lobster is interwoven into the Island's economy. There are many sectors of the economy dependent on the lobster and to dismiss the fishermen as a leach who is working two months of the year just so he can get EI and buy a big truck shows just how breathtaking the lack of knowledge is on the part of many commenters and they are so uninformed it is scary. It starts with the captain who buys his boat, pays his crew who in turn spend their wages at local merchants. But those dependent on the lobster and the fisherman go way beyond that - right from the factory that made the boat and much of the gear, the buyers, processing plants that employ workers, truck drivers, restaurant owners and employees, tourist operators, anyone who sells lobster in any form and many student summer jobs depend on at least part of the fishery. This is just a small list, but the point is that all of the workers dependent on the fishery spend their wages at Island businesses. If the lobster fishery suddenly disappeared from the P.E.I economy we all would all lose.

    • Gerri
      May 12, 2013 - 10:25

      I used to work in a plant, a pound, on the wharf and went in the boat. People who bash the fishermen has no idea of the expenses the fishermen have. They pay for buying boats, licenses, equipement for running boat plus the fishing gear, bait, fuel and pay for mens wages. People talk about gas prices being high...just think of the expense the fishermen have for fueling up their boats to go get the lobster. If you have any brain in your heads at all...you should realize how expensive that would be. Not only buying fuel for their boats but also in their trucks just going to work or going to get their bait. People who work in the plants should be very careful of who they are blaming and bashing. You are biting the hand that feeds you for God's sake. If there is no fish...YOU have no job! Do you think your plant owner and boss will go out and catch the fish for you to pack? Think about it. You should be on the side of the fishermen. They are really the ones who are creating YOUR jobs.

  • Souris fisherman
    May 12, 2013 - 09:55

    Catches have actually been way down from last year when the price was higher. These lobsters were bought by a plant in NB from the Maggies for $5.04 per pound then trucked from the Maggies to Paturels in NB. So the real question would be why the buyers in NB can't afford to pay fishermen who are landing the product on their doorstep more than $3 lb ???? I'm sure business 101 would teach a person that's plain and simply not a smart business move !!! ...And by the way fishermen on the south side of PEI have actually gone from 300 traps to 273 ...and not sure the exact number but several fleets have be retired.

    • Me
      May 12, 2013 - 17:47

      since when does the south side fishermen have 273 traps? its 250 traps and that's only if they want to pay for the extra 10 traps they lost a few years back!!!!

  • NO ONE ELSE IS LOSING
    May 12, 2013 - 09:54

    This is not bothering the sellers. I was at the local fish/lobster shop in Summerside this morning and lobster was selling for 7.00 a pound, A see through bag of lobster meat ( only saw one small tail and two small claws, the rest I believe was knuckle and leg meat) was 30.00 dollars A POUND. I can understand the fishermen now when I see the sellers marking up the lobster 10 times over what they pay the fishermen.

    • phil
      May 12, 2013 - 10:58

      i bought markets sat am at superstore for 5.77 a pound fishermen get 4 a pound, 3$ is for canners. so at 10 times what they pay fishermen that same lobster would be 60$ they are marking it up 1.77$ which is not a lot by the time you consider the expenses of trucking, sorting, storage, plus the wages of all the people involved. FISHERMEN ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WITH EXPENSES

    • Yield
      May 12, 2013 - 20:36

      Do you know how many lbs of lobster it takes to come up with a pound of meat? It's not one to one, so they aren't marking them up 10 times over. He yield is under 50% and then there's the cost of processing on top of that. Must have been regular meat, which costs more to produce than brine lobster.

  • bobbie
    May 12, 2013 - 09:23

    plant workers are the real losers in all of this, they rely on both pei and us lobster for work. this is the only work some of them can get and without it many will be in finical trouble, they dont have ei for 44 weeks a year, they need everything they can get, and even if the gov. steps in with yet another handout for the fishing industry plant-workers will not have access to any of it. i wonder if all the fishermen calling for unity will actually care for neighbors working in the plants? will they do the right thing and push gov and processors to help them as well?

    • Dan MacKinnon
      May 12, 2013 - 12:26

      I as a fisherman do care about the plant works and don't want any hardship for them. I believe plant workers should be getting a fair wage for the work they do. It is hard work. The fish processors are also exploiting them. If our government would at least force these jokers to at least pay time and half like the labour act of PEI says it would certainly help. Also plant owners say they can't get enough local workers That is pure Bull Shxt. If they would pay a livable wage there would be all kinds of locals working in plants. But plant owners want to take in slave labour to increase their profits. That my friends is wrong. Lets look after our own communities first

  • Nor easter
    May 12, 2013 - 09:17

    Jeff Malloy is 101% of the problem with his almost bankrupt co-op processing plant

    • Ignorance is bliss
      May 12, 2013 - 11:42

      Dear NOR EASTER.......Get your facts straight.......Share holders of the cooperative that you are referring to were never ever told it was in jeopardy of going bankrupt.....However, they were told money was lost on the lobster purchased in the spring of last year at $4 per pound because the market place did not support it. As a result there are spring lobsters from last year still in storage. The fall lobsters all moved at the reduced price.....it sucks we know...but facts are facts....economics are economics....the fall fishermen who are the share holders had to take a lower price because of the over abundance of spring lobster that were too difficult to get rid of.....I agree Mr. malloy made a bad call and bought too much of the spring lobster at an over inflated price and as a result his share holders (the fall fishermen) had to endure a lower price to balance the books....business 101....We all need to work together people.......I feel for the young fishermen who have huge loans to pay back....but some of the more seasoned have their gears long paid for and most likely can endure a rough financial season....are some of the same ones insisting that this so called "strike" should continue...Easy to do when your house is not on the line.....when it isn't your children suffering. The fall fishermen have been just making a living for the past 15 years...and when the catchs finally rebound....we had to start taking a reduced price....why because of several economic factors....but one of them being the huge amount of lobster landed on the North Side.....Find a solution to that and you might get a bigger price.

  • open your eyes
    May 12, 2013 - 09:13

    it's as clear as the nose on your face, there is just too many lobster being landed! if fishermen want a better price take a trap reduction, have a buy back, and get traps out of the water. if there is demand for a million pounds and there are five million pounds to pick from the price will just keep going down. i don't know why fishermen can't get that through their heads. nothing will happen until the demand outways the supply its simple business 101.