May 14, 2013

Canadian lobster protests revive memories of 2012

Clarke Canfield / The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Protests and blockades in Canada over low lobster prices are rekindling memories of last summer, when Canadian fishermen angrily blocked truckloads of Maine-caught lobsters from being delivered to processing plants. But industry members in Maine aren't expecting a repeat of 2012.

More than 2,000 lobstermen in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Quebec tied up their boats over the last week in protest, and some blocked lobster shipments at processing plants.

The protests have no direct connection to Maine, where the lobster catch is light this time of year.

Maine Lobstermen's Association Executive Director Patrice McCarron says a recurrence of last summer's events in Canada isn't expected. She says market conditions have improved and that nobody's anticipating an early-season lobster glut like last year's.

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