Lobster fishermen in tough; prices hit rock bottom, says FFAW

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Halifax -

Lobster fishermen in Eastern Canada are having a tough season.
The recession has reduced demand for their catch, particularly in the U-S, where 80 per cent off all Canadian lobster is sold.
As a result, the price paid for lobster at the wharf has dropped to about four dollars per pound - too low for most fishermen to cover their expenses.
Bill Broderick, spokesman for the Newfoundland-based Fish Food and Allied Workers union, says it's the second consecutive year that prices have hit rock bottom.
That's why many fishermen from Nova Scotia's south shore are trucking their catches to Halifax to sell lobster by the roadside.
Ottawa is offering $15 million dollars short-term financial aid.
But some fishermen's unions say too few of their members qualify.

Organizations: Allied Workers union

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia, Ottawa

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