75 years ago, the Maine Lobstermen's Association went to war with a powerful gro
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.
Lobster fisheries, Maine Lobstermen's Association (MLA)
Conkling, Philip W., "75 years ago, the Maine Lobstermen's Association went to war with a powerful gro" (1993). Maine News Index - Island Journal. 29.