Scientists skeptical over proposed EU ban for North American lobsters

10-lobsters1North American scientists are refuting Sweden’s claim that an all-out trade ban is needed to head off an invasion of eastern North American lobsters, a move that would rob the Canadian industry of a multi-million dollar market. Last week, petitioned the European Union to list the American lobster as a foreign species, which would prohibit U.S. and Canadian imports of live lobsters to its 28 member states. The move would pose a major threat to Canada’s East Coast fishery which imported about $75 million in live lobster to European markets last year, a figure that the Lobster Council of Canada says accounts for about 10 per cent of live exports. Read the rest here 16:26

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