Jacqueline Weaver

Lobster Processing Under Way at Former Stinson Cannery



Jacqueline Weaver
Workers at Lobster Web LLC pick lobster meat from the claws and knuckles of cooked lobsters under highly sanitized, strictly regulated conditions.

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.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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