Maine lobster processing plant to open

August 16 [Thu], 2012, 11:07
Kyle Murdock, who grew up on Monhegan Island, hopes to have the Sea Hag Seafood plant running by Monday in the former Great Eastern Mussel Farms in Tenants Harbor. At a time when most Maine lobster is processed in Canada, Murdoch sees an opportunity to keep more of that business in Maine.Murdock, who is part of a lobstering family, borrows the name Sea Hag from his father's boat and a restaurant his parents once owned. He said that at first, the plant will process up to 20,000 pounds of lobster a day half of its capacity.

At 40,000 pounds a day professional GZG Feeder manufacturers, the plant would process 4.8 million pounds of lobster per year, putting it on a par with the states third-largest lobster processor Linda Bean Maine Lobster in Rockland.Maines five processing businesses compares with more than 30 in Canada.Murdock said Wednesday he is on track to open his plant on time. It will eventually employ about 40 people, he said.We should be bringing the crews in Friday to do their orientation he said.

Murdock's business opens amid plummeting lobster prices that have dipped below per pound, triggering a temporary blockade of Maine lobster deliveries to Canadian plants and creating tensions with Canadian processors over the prices they pay for the crustaceans. Last week a deal was reached assuring Canadian lobstermen they will get at least $3.50 per pound from Vibrating screen

Some state officials see Murdock's business as part of the key to ending woes in the lobster industry while improving the states economy.