NB: Canadian judge grants injunction to stop fishermen blockades in dispute over Maine lobsters

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Canadian lobstermen say low price of Maine lobsters is driving down prices

A court injunction against blockades is the last salvo in a dispute over cheap Maine lobster being shipped into Canada for processing.

[TORONTO, ON] – A New Brunswick judge has granted a 10-day injunction to prevent lobster fishermen from blockading fish processing plants in a protest over cheap lobster from Maine.

Dave MacLean, a spokesman for the New Brunswick's Justice Department and the attorney general, says the injunction was issued Thursday.

Canadian lobstermen say the low price of Maine lobsters is driving down prices in Canada and stealing their livelihood.

The flare-up over lobster prices came to a head last week when fishermen held demonstrations in Cap-Pele and Shediac, New Brunswick, and trucks were prevented from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors. The demonstrations spilled over into Prince Edward Island, where at least two lobster processors agreed to stop processing Maine product.

New Brunswick fish processing plants sought the injunction.

Organizations: Justice Department

Geographic location: Maine, New Brunswick, TORONTO Canada Cap-Pele Shediac Prince Edward Island

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