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In photos: Low lobster prices threaten East Coast fishery

Fishermen in Yarmouth region urged to strike to bring up ultra-low prices as busy holiday market approaches

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Lobster fisherman Craig Smith leaves his boat tied up at a wharf in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012. Fishermen are receiving $3 per pound for their lobsters.

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James Mood, head of 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association, speaks to fishermen about taking action to raise lobster prices on a wharf in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012. His grassroots group, formed this year, is named for the 1,688 lobster licences in the areas that opened last week. Fishermen are receiving $3 per pound for their lobsters.

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Fisherman listen to a James Mood talk about taking action to raise prices for lobsters on a wharf in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012. There are fears prices could be driven down from $3 per pound for lobsters to $2 a pound.

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A lobster boat returns to Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012.

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A fisherman pulls a line from his boat as it prepares to tie up in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012.

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Fishermen sort through their lobsters during unloading of their catch in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012.

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Fishermen unload lobsters in Yarmouth, NS, December 5, 2012.

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A protest sign stands on a pole near lobster boats in Yarmouth, N.S., Dec. 5, 2012. Fishermen, who have seen the cost of fuel, bait and insurance increase, and still have boat payments, can’t break even.

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