Canadian Court Grants Injunction on Lobster Blockades, ME Lobstermen Want More Plants Here
It’s been a tough season for Maine lobstermen with a glutted market and low prices for their catch. On top of that, Canadian fishermen have been blocking the low-priced Maine shipments from being delivered to processing plants in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.These struggles have affected folks in all parts of the Maine lobster industry.At one harbor in Bernard, buyers have been taking whole days off because they’re picking up more than they can sell. They say it’s time Maine had more processing plants of its own.”I’ve called all of my fishermen and told them that we’re not buying because there’s no place to go with them. We depend way too much on the Canadian processing plants, we need to ease regulations in the state of Maine, end federal regulations and allow common sense to take over, to allow processing plants to be made and take care of it ourselves,” said Lee Closson, a buyer from Bernard.On Thursday, a New Brunswick judge granted a 10-day injunction to prevent fishermen from blockading the Canadian processing plants.Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins both responded with statements saying they support the injunction and will continue working with Canadian officials on a long-term solution.