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  • Anonymous

    So, the next time they bring under priced lobsters to Youngs Lobster Pound in the middle of the night are these same people going to support our fisherman?

    • Anonymous

      You should get your facts straight before you go accusing people of something that isn’t true. Young’s has been paying their fishermen .25 cents more than the average price all summer long, Young’s makes sure that their fishermen are taken care of. If you think you know everything, why don’t you go to Young’s next time they have a truck down there and see what they are actually doing. Or go to Young’s and ask them yourself. And another thing is, Canadian lobsters are more expensive than Maine lobsters, why would they want to buy them? You can ask me or any other one of us fishermen for Young’s and see how well we are treated by them, they buy our lobsters even if they don’t have room for them and or a market for them, we have never been shut off by them, and I will never sell anywhere else.

      • Anonymous

        I still remember years ago when Youngs brought in a tractor trailor load of Canadian lobster, then they offered the local fishermen like a dollar a pound, my uncle and many others pulled their gear and gave their lobster away to freinds and family for free.

  • The only thing to say for the deal is it’s stupid.  Sorry but that is the truth.  You cannot control the price that people are willing to pay, no matter what.  Unless of course you create a police state, then you do what you want.

    • It’s about the market and the abundance of soft shell lobsters that brought the price down. You must not be a fishermen because you would have a little more sympathy if you are. You are talking about our livelyhood here. I do not find this matter stupid – I find it scary for all fishermen. This could result in a trickle down effect. This doesn’t only effect the lobstermen, this effects all Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    I was talking with the wife about this situation today, and about the Canadian judge placing an injunction so Maine lobsters could be continued to be delivered to the processors. My first words to her were you watch and see the political powers are now at work to find ways to compensate the “poor” Canadian lobsterman. This cost will in short order be
    passed on to the Maine lobsterman and eventually on to other non-Canadian consumers of Maine lobster. This is the government hand (influence) that destroys free market and
    the economies globally. If left alone the Canadians would have in time experienced their own boom, and the U.S not, but to penalize is poor economics. The United States for example pays hefty fines for subsidizing its industries (e.g. cotton) competing in the global marketplace all while other nation-states can do whatever they wish. This stinks to high heaven.

  • Anonymous

    Canadians ruin everything tbh.

  • Anonymous

    with this kind of an agreement, buying maine lobster for 50cents less a pound then their canadian lobstermen, don`t the maine lobster fishermen feel slighted?
    Maybe it should work the same on this side of the border, All products imported from canada should be sold here at a reduced price, 20% discount.
    And are the processors going to pass on the savings to the consumer when the products are imported.
    Of course not, the maine lobstermen need to boycott the processoruntil they get the same rate. 
    a maine lobstermen co-op needs to be formed and build another plant here to process their own lobster. And the heck with the canadians that don`t treat them as equals 

  • Anonymous

    The “Perfect Storm” metaphor has been used to death.  For heavens sake can’t reporters come up with a new phrase to describe an alignment of events that in sum create havoc?  While we’re at it, I wish people would stop using the word “awesome” for situations that are ordinary.  Good heavens, they’ve ruined what was once a great word that had meaning, and did it with a perfect storm of frivolous utilizations!

  • This IS a free market in action! The Canadian fisherman had the guts to stand up for themselves. Maybe the Maine lobstermen would have been wise to follow the model of their Canadian brothers and held out for better prices. From what I’ve seen in the past, the US crews are more likely to sink or shoot each other rather than cooperate for mutual benefit.

    • The problem with that is the Canadians can be “bailed out” when they are not making any money because they are unionized where Maine lobstermen are not. Think about how many lobstermen along the northeast there is and compare it to what you said about how they are more likely to sink or shoot each other rather than cooperate for mutual benefit. Those numbers are very small. We are trying to come together but, we also needed to have the backing from the Lobster Institute and the associations so we could get further in our fight.

  • Anonymous

    After all the layers are peeled away, what lies at the heart of the glut is warmer oceanic temperatures. I have no idea what can be done to prevent a recurrence of this current situation, but the time to address it is yesterday.

  • United we stand,divided we beg

    OK OK Here is my OPINION for what it is worth as a commercial lobstermen running my own boat and being impacted directly by this. First, we are MAINERS and we are tough and will survive this too! Changes have to be made to our industry in the way we process our lobsters. This won’t be an immediate solution as it will take time but it is happening. As we speak as a new processor has just opened in Tenent’s Harbor. The problem lies with our dependance on a foreigh country for our ability to process the meat in our lobsters. This is also out sourcing jobs that could be used here in Maine! While we are building up our own ability to process, perhaps we should look into hiring a few U.S. based processing ships to take the pressure off. Our lobsters are worth as much as Canadian lobsters (more in my opinion) so why continue to GIVE them to Canada when they obviously don’t want them?!?! Please remember Dear Readers that the Canadian Government subsidizes their fishermen and they are paid all year even when they aren’t fishing. Maine fishermen are truly dependant on themselves and what they can harvest in the SHORT season that they fish. My season is 16 weeks and in that time I make all the money that I will live on all year. After the 16 weeks is over the lobsters have moved to water off shore and my boat is too small to chase them out there safely. I live on an island so my job opportunities are VERY limited after the season has ended. We don’t have McDonald’s or Walmart or any other businesses to offer jobs to us to help take up the slack in a poor year. We are tough though and most of us are already planning for winter and filling our freezers and pantries for the cold winter months when we are stuck in the shop repairing our traps with hopes for a better season to come next year.

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