Shellfish behavior: US lobster industry at odds with Sweden

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American and Canadian lobster industries are digging in for a fight against the possibility of a ban on lobster exports to Europe.

The dispute was set off by the discovery of 32 American lobsters in Swedish waters over the past eight years. The lobsters had apparently been exported to Europe and either escaped into the wild or were set free.

Sweden has asked the European Union to prohibit imports of live American lobsters into the 28-nation bloc, saying the shellfish could spread disease and overwhelm the European species of lobster.

But the Americans and the Canadians are pushing back. They say the proposed ban seems to be about business, not science. They suspect the Swedes are trying to protect the market for European lobsters.