August 8, 2012

Snowe seeks State Dept. intervention in lobster dispute

In a letter to Hillary Clinton, the Maine senator says the situation is "unacceptable" and asks the secretary of state to make it a priority in U.S.-Canadian relations.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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FRUSTRATED FISHERMEN: Over two hundred lobster fishermen converge on the office of Federal fisheries minister Keith Ashfield on Wednesday. Above protestors put signs up around the entrance to the office.

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FRUSTRATED FISHERMEN: Over two hundred lobster fishermen converge on the office of Federal fisheries minister Keith Ashfield on Wednesday. Fisherman Maurice Martin, right, speaks with media after he and four other fishermen met with staff in Ashfield's office.

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"Maine and Canadian lobster industries have long shared a collaborative, constructive relationship that respects and facilitates vigorous competition," the statement said. "The MLA urges protesting fishermen to end their interference with shipments of Maine lobster and work to resolve their issues with government and processing plants ....  The Maine Lobstermen’s Association calls on the Canadian government to act promptly and effectively to restore order."

Meanwhile, seafood.com reported that South Shore Seafoods in Rosebank, PEI, had agreed to take no more Maine lobster after processing what it already had on hand.

The agreement followed protests at the plant by about 200 lobstermen. In return for refusing to take Maine lobster, the fishermen said they would not blockade the plant.

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