EU scientists to determine if North American lobster is invasive

Could Maine lobsters be banned in Europe?

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A decision by European Union scientists could eventually cost the North American lobster industry $200 million.

Sweden wants an all- out ban on North American lobster being imported to any country in the EU, claiming that the North American lobster is an invasive species.

This week scientists decided to further investigate that claim.

Maine's congressional delegation is critical of the decision.

They say American research on lobsters contradicts Sweden's claims.

Earlier this year in a letter, they acknowledged North American lobsters have been found in European waters, but in extremely small numbers.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says Maine leaders will be taking their concerns over Sweden's proposal to the World Trade Organization and the U.S. State Department.

The economic impact of any decision will be analyzed by the EU as well.

“They're just doing another review and they will also do another review this time about the economic impact,” said Pingree. “The World Trade Organization will be involved as we step it up, so I think we'll continue to have a lot of factors in our favor. But it just leaves a lot of business hanging and a lot of people concerned about what could happen,” said Pingree.

The European scientists’ decision isn’t expected until spring at the earliest. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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