Nova Scotia Fisherman Concerned about Recent Thefts of Live Lobster

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Nova Scotia Fisherman Concerned about Recent Thefts of Live Lobster


Lobster fisherman concerned about thefts

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SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. - Recent thefts of roughly 2,700 kilograms of lobster in Nova Scotia are troubling officials in Atlantic Canada's billion-dollar lobster fishing industry.

Hubert Saulnier, a lobster fisherman based in Saulnierville, N.S., said the valuable crustaceans were someone's livelihood and a lot of work and money went into catching them.

"When you start affecting somebody else's livelihood, I mean, a lot of wars are started affecting somebody else's livelihood," said Saulnier, a former president of the Maritime Fishermen's Union Local 9.

"This is the livelihood of a few men and it doesn't belong to the thieves, it belongs to the individuals. It's really too bad."

The RCMP say 48 crates of live lobster, more than 2,100 kilograms, were stolen from an outdoor pound at a business on Cape Sable Island earlier this week.

The theft followed a similar incident last month, when 14 crates of lobster were stolen from a secure compound on Morris Island near Yarmouth.

Saulnier said at roughly six dollars per pound, the latest theft would have amounted to roughly $28,000 in lobster.

But Saulnier said it's not just revenue that is lost when someone steals a catch. …

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