Sweden pushes European Union to ban Maine lobster


WE HAVE REACTION FROM THE INDUSTRY. COURTNEY: SWEDEN HAS ASKED THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR HELP TO STOP — THE SWEDISH ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY SAID FRIDAY THAT MORE THAN 30 AMERICAN LOBSTERS HAVE BEEN FOUND ALONG SWEDEN’S WEST COAST IN RECENT YEAR SWEDEN HAS ASKED THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR HELP TO STOP AN INVASION OF AMERICAN LOBSTERS, SAYING THEY COULD WIPE OUT THEIR EUROPEAN COUSINS WITH DEADLY DISEASES OFFICIALS SAY THAT IF APPROVED, THAT BAN WOULD COST THE U.S. LOBSTER INDUSTRY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. LAST YEAR, THEY EXPORTED ONE HUNDRED $40 MILLION WORTH OF LIVE AMERICAN LOBSTERS. WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES TO FIGURE OUT THE SWEDISH CONCERN, WE ARE LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT H 32 NORTH AMERICAN LIVE LOBSTERS OVER AN EIGHT YEAR TIME FRAME CONSTITUTES AN INVASION OR AN INVASION OF SPECIES. IN OUR OPINION, THAT IS A VERY SMALL NUMBER TO CONSTITUTE AN INVASION. COURTNEY: IN A STATEMENT TODAY, CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS THAT THIS IS AN OVERREACTION ON THE PART OF SWEDEN AND THAT EU OFFICIALS SHOULD FIGURE OUT WHAT IS

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