Boats blockade 2nd P.E.I. lobster plant

Blockades were set up near two lobster processing plants on P.E.I.
Boats were moved in to strengthen the blockade of the lobster processing plant in Georgetown Friday morning. (John Jeffery/CBC)

Fishermen across P.E.I. kept their boats tied up once again Friday in protest of low lobster prices, and a second plant in eastern P.E.I. was blockaded.

Fishermen blockaded the Beach Point Processing plant on Wednesday. Then on Friday more boats were used to blockade Seafood 2000 in Georgetown. About 300-400 people gathered in Georgetown near the boats.

Representatives of CUPE were on site in Georgetown as well to show support for the fishermen.

Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, said he is aware some fishermen are growing frustrated.

"I mean you've got a huge investment. You've got a $275,000 vessel and you probably spent five or six thousand dollars getting ready for fishing," said McGeoghegan.

"Some of these guys are pretty antsy. You can't blame them but the longer we hold this, the more chance that these people will talk to us."

McGeoghegan is optimistic another meeting will be held soon with the processors to try to reach an agreement, but no meeting was arranged for Friday.

The owners of Beach Point Processing were granted a court injunction early Thursday afternoon against three fishermen presumed to be the owners of the boats blockading their plant. The injunction orders that the fishermen and the Harbour Authority of Beach Point not obstruct or block entrances to the processing plant's property, but on Friday morning the boats were still in place.

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