editorial | us-canada lobster wars
Lobster wars require cooperative solution
Over several days, Canadian lobstermen blocked trucks carrying Maine lobster to food processing plants in New Brunswick, out of fear that the glut of crustaceans is driving down prices so much it will destroy their livelihoods. The action was unwarranted, and a Canadian judge issued a 10-day injunction allowing plants to resume accepting shipments on Friday. But just getting Maine lobster into food processing factories won’t solve the underlying problem, which is the overwhelming bounty of soft-shell lobster that has been hauled up from the Gulf of Maine this year.