GOULDSBORO — After months of preparation, lobster processing is now under way at the former Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in the village of Prospect Harbor.
Manager Peter Colson said the company, Lobster Web Co. LLC, has hired 51 employees, including management, and 38 workers are involved in the actual processing.
“Things are going well,” Colson said Aug. 15. “Today was the first day.”
Colson said lobster will be processed from June to December. Lobster Web may then process shrimp from December to March, he said.
Al West, who is in charge of the bait buying and selling operation, said the goal is to process 15,000 pounds of lobster daily.
Colson said the workers, many of them former employees at the cannery, began processing on a trial basis late last week.
The employees are picking lobster meat out of cooked claws and knuckles.
The seafood is then vacuum-sealed in 2-pound containers and frozen on site.
The lobster tails are being frozen raw.
Antonio Bussone, president of Live Lobster Co. of Chelsea, which owns the cannery, said he has “a couple of large orders” in place that will take care of what is currently being processed. He said he also is in negotiations with a large supermarket chain.