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Highway 103 lobster - not ripe for the picking?

People pick over thousands of pounds of live lobster after a tractor-trailer spilled it’s entire load on Highway 103 Friday night. The owner of the plant those lobster were headed for says that’s just not acceptable.
People pick over thousands of pounds of live lobster after a tractor-trailer spilled it’s entire load on Highway 103 Friday night. The owner of the plant those lobster were headed for says that’s just not acceptable.

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - A Shag Harbour lobster plant owner who lost $500,000 worth of lobster after a truck overturned near Port Mouton last week is upset area residents took the spilt seafood. 

An entire load of lobster destined for the Fisher Direct lobster wholesaler was spilt in a ditch after the truck swerved to avoid a deer and overturned.

The market-size lobster – which had come from the Magdalen Islands through Prince Edward Island – was headed to the plant to be sold.

Tyler Nickerson manages Fisher Direct. He says the lobster free-for-all that took place on the side of the road June 3 – where people picked up crates and crates of living, market lobster - was just wrong.

“It’s no difference than if a truckload of diamonds spilt on the road and people were picking them up,” he says. “Wouldn’t that be theft?”

He says the same analogy can be made if it had been a Loblaws’ truck or a Home Depot truck that had spilt its load.

“Would people be taking bread and eggs or furniture? Why does anyone say lobster is any different?”

The truck went off the road after the driver swerved to avoid two deer at about 1 a.m.

“Yeah, they were good to eat, but where does the law apply in some situations?”

He said it also raises a health and safety issue, and he wonders why the load was left unguarded on the side of the road, and no clean-up crew arrived to remove the shellfish.

He said the lobster feast that was enjoyed by many speaks to the ethics of the individuals involved.

“If I would have called the owner and asked him and he said ‘yes, you can have them’, that’s a different thing,” he added.

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