WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin have responded to the European Union’s (EU) Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species decision to open up a broader review of Sweden’s request to declare American lobster as an invasive species. Sweden also would like to ban all imports of live lobster into the EU.
“We find this decision deeply disappointing, particularly because – as North American scientists have thoroughly demonstrated – there is no strong scientific evidence to justify a ban on the import of live lobsters into the entire 28-country European Union, as Sweden wrongly proposes,” the Maine congressional delegation said in a statement.
“We continue to believe that pursuing such a prohibition is not only unsupported by science and inconsistent with the rules of the World Trade Organization, but is also an unnecessary overreaction that would have devastating economic effects on the American lobster industry that supports so many Mainers and their families.”