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Donaldson Fisher is one of three local lobster fishermen who had hundreds of pounds of lobster stolen from their wharf last month. Fisher thinks there’s some kind of organized theft ring operating.
PORT MOUTON - Donaldson Fisher named his lobster boat “Positive Thinking”, but there weren’t many positive thoughts on his mind last month when he came to Port Mouton wharf to find 300 pounds of his lobster stolen.
Fisher is one of three fishermen who had a total of 9,000 pounds of lobster stolen off wharves in Queens last month. A second victim in Port Mouton was Fisher’s brother, and he too had 300 pounds stolen.
“We came in that night, put them overboard, because we put them overboard to wait for the higher price, you know this time of year the price keeps going up,” he says.
The price currently for lobster is $9.75 a pound.
“The next day a fella came up there and saw the cages to the wharf, I checked, my lobsters were stolen that quick.”
Fisher says there were video cameras on site, and the lobster were tied alongside the boat, so whoever stole them would have had to get under the boat, untie them, and take them. The cameras showed it took 40 minutes to come in, unload the lobster, and leave.
He says the cameras caught the cars and two people.
“It was one day of fishing and it was one of the coldest day of the year, and we were out there hauling our pots. Quite discouraging to come in and put them overboard and have someone steal them like that.”
To make matters worse, Fisher’s brother was also hit a few days later, another 300 pounds stolen.
Fisher thinks it’s an organized ring at work.
“I think they got them sold before they steal them,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s a buyer buying them or what, but that’s a lot of lobster for one person to get rid of, just going door to door. Some person would say something I think.”
To put the theft into perspective, Fisher says he saves himself only 50 pounds for the summer.
“And that’s enough for three or four of us for the whole summer. They’re selling them.”
Since the thefts, Fisher put a new camera on his boat, and he also stores his lobster in the plant, instead of in the water.
Incredibly, the thieves came back one more time – but couldn’t find his lobster.
“They’re not scared. They’re doing what they want to do. They had it staked out for sure.”
He says 40 people fish out of Port Mouton, and they’re all worried about the recent rash of thefts.
RCMP are not sure if the Port Mouton thefts are related to the Port L’Hebert thefts, but they are warning people to secure their catches and others to watch for unusual activity on harbours.