Maine pols, lobster industry digging in on Sweden ban call

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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 1:44 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobster industry representatives and politicians say they will dig in against a Swedish proposal to ban imports of American lobster into Europe.

Three members of Maine's congressional delegation and industry leaders spoke out against the proposal Friday. U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, says the group will pressure the federal government to keep opposing the proposal that's wending its way through the European Union.

The international dispute started when Sweden announced that it had found 32 American lobsters in the country's waters earlier this year and that they pose a threat to native crustaceans.

The EU announced this month it will conduct a more extensive review of the proposal after a scientific panel concluded Sweden raised valid points in its request to declare the American lobster an invasive species.