Canadian lobster fishermen union reaches agreement | News
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) - The union representing lobster fishermen in New Brunswick says it has reached an agreement with the government of the Canadian province and fish processing plants.
Christian Brun of the The Maritime Fishermen's Union said Saturday that a tentative deal was reached Friday night and approved by most of the fishermen early Saturday morning.
Canadian lobstermen held demonstrations last week in Cap-Pele and Shediac, preventing trucks from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors, saying the low price of Maine lobsters is driving down prices in Canada and stealing their livelihood. The protests continued for a week before nine processing plants were granted an injunction on Thursday.
Brun says the deal will bring the price up to Canadian $3 per pound for processed lobster and $3.50 per pound for live market lobster.