Golden Shell proceeding with lawsuit against 25 fisherman and FFAW

Shawn Hayward
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The civil case against fishermen involved in a protest at the Hickman’s Harbour crab plant owned by Golden Shell Fisheries Ltd. last April is moving forward.

Fishermen dumping a shipping container off a wharf at the Golden Shell crab plant in Hickman's Harbour on April 15, 2013.

The company’s lawyer, Jim Hughes, says they’re seeking evidence the Royal Canadian Mounted Police collected as part of a criminal investigation into the matter.

About 200 crab fishermen blockaded the plant on April 15 to prevent employees of Golden Shell Fisheries from getting to work that day. They were protesting the plant's decision to ship crab from the west coast for processing. The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) had called a boycott on selling to crab plants because the price they were offering was deemed too low.Fisherman dumped 30,000 pounds of crab over the wharf as part of that protest. Golden Shell filed a $90,000 civil suit against one of the fishermen present, and a separate suit against the FFAW.

“The goal is to ensure Golden Shell is not out a penny when this is done. They did nothing wrong,” says Hughes. “They did everything by the book and their position is they should be fully compensated for all costs including legal costs, and they’re going to pursue that until the end.”

Hughes says 24 individuals his firm believes was involved in the dumping have been served notices of legal action, and another had been previously notified. They’re being sued for trespass, nuisance, and damages arising from the destruction of property.

Camera footage taken from the plant shows men dumping a shipping container over a wharf.

The separate lawsuit against the FFAW is also ongoing, according to Hughes, who says the union has denied responsibility.

The Packet contacted the FFAW for comment but hadn't gotten a response as of press deadline.

For last year's article on the protest, CLICK HERE

Organizations: FFAW, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Allied Workers union

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