Money Tight, But Lobster Web Continuing to Process



GOULDSBORO — Despite a recent financial setback, the president of Lobster Web LLC said Dec. 7 that lobster processing is continuing daily and he has a number of large orders from supermarket chains.

Antonio Bussone purchased the former Stinson Seafood sardine cannery from Bumble Bee Foods and began processing lobster in the Prospect Harbor village plant in mid-August.

“We had an issue with a customer’s check that came back,” Bussone said.

He said checks written by his company to fishermen were then returned as well.

Bussone declined to name the customer or disclose the amount of the check other than to say it was “large.”

He said he has many orders from large supermarket chains and workers are processing lobster seven days a week to keep up with the demand.

Toni Lillienthal, vice president of operations, said the customer’s check was returned over Thanksgiving weekend.

“We all knew about it on Monday,” Nov. 28, she said.

Lilienthal said problems created by the returned check were compounded by the fact that not as many lobsters were available to process in November since windy conditions kept fishermen at home.

Many of the lobsters currently being processed were purchased in Canada, she said.

“We have the lobsters to work with and we have orders,” she said.

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Jacqueline Weaver

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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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