Maine Congressional Delegation Urges European Commission to Reject Swedish Proposal to Ban Lobsters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS CENTER) - -  As the European Union (EU) moves forward with its consideration of Sweden’s request to ban all live imports of American lobster, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin sent a letter Friday to the European Commission speaking out against the proposal, according to the press release.

“As the Congressional representatives of Maine, the state where an overwhelming majority of all American lobster—including that which is destined for European markets—is landed, we are deeply concerned about the negative impacts of Sweden’s proposed import ban. With more than $200 million worth of live American lobster exported from North America to the EU annually, a ban would have serious effects on both Maine’s economy and thousands of our constituents’ livelihoods—not to mention commensurate losses for distribution, retail, and restaurant businesses in EU member nations,” Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin wrote. -- Press Release by Scott Ogden.

Last month, the EU’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species decided to advance Sweden’s request for further consideration by EU officials.

According to the press release, Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree joined with members of the New England Congressional delegation in June. They sent out  a letter to the European Union speaking out against the proposal by Sweden to ban the import of live lobsters.

Maine Congressional delegation also wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry in March, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan asking that the Obama Administration to also resist Sweden’s efforts, said the press release. 

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