Title

75 years ago, the Maine Lobstermen's Association went to war with a powerful gro

Source

Island Journal

Date

1993

Volume Number

Volume 10

Pages

56

Abstract

75 years ago, the Maine Lobstermen's Association went to war with a powerful group of lobster dealers who effectively rigged prices on the lobster market. Vinalhaven lobsterman Leslie Dyer led a 4000-boat coastwide lobster strike, the first statewide collaborative action in lobstering history. The controversy eventually escalated into an FBI investigation and price-fixing indictments against both the dealers and the lobstermen, and despite Dyer's eventual conviction the MLA became a permanent force to be reckoned with in Washington, Augusta, and Maine dealers' wharves. Details.

Subjects

Lobster fisheries, Maine Lobstermen's Association (MLA)

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