Golden Shell and FFAW settle out of court

Kevin Curley
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Criminal proceedings still ongoing against crab protestors

The civil case between Golden Shell Fisheries Ltd. and fisherman and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) has been settled out of court.

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

Jim Hughes, the lawyer representing Golden Shell, confirmed for The Packet that the civil action has been discontinued but details of the settlement would not be made available to the public.

Golden Shell filed the lawsuit last year, after protesting fishermen dumped 30,000 pounds of crab over the wharf at the company’s Hickman’s Harbour plant.

About 200 fishermen staged the protest on April 15. They were protesting the plant’s decision to ship crab from the west coast for processing while the FFAW had called for a boycott on selling crab because the price being offered by buyers was considered too low.

Hughes said 24 individuals were identified by cameras to be involved in the dumping and were served notices of legal action. They were being sued trespassing, nuisance and damages arising from the destruction of property.

The company said at the time the crab was worth about $90,000.

The company still has a civil action filed against one fishermen. Golden Shell is suing Jeffery Collette for slander, alleging he stated on the Fisheries Broadcast radio program shortly after the April 15 incident that he took part in dumping the crab because the crab was not fit to process.

Meanwhile, the RCMP also conducted a separate criminal investigation into the matter and, as a result, 24 people were charged with a series of criminal charges.

The men made their first appearance in provincial court in Clarenville last week and their next court date is on July 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Organizations: The Packet, RCMP

Geographic location: Clarenville

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