05/02/2012 09:37 EDT | Updated 07/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia press for expanded strike

SHAG HARBOUR, N.S. - There were a few tense moments on a wharf in southwestern Nova Scotia today when a group of lobster fishermen showed up to persuade their colleagues not to go out on the water.

The RCMP were there to monitor the situation.

Last week, the Professional Lobster Fishermen's Association called for a strike to force buyers to pay at least $5.50 per pound for their catch.

The association says anything less than that makes it difficult for fishermen to turn a profit.

But some fishermen say the current price of $5 per pound is good enough for them.

Earlier today, dozens of fishermen who support the strike arrived at the Shag Harbour wharf to argue for an expanded strike.