Tariffs Hit Maine’s Lobster Industry

Dealers ship millions of dollars’ worth of live Maine lobster to China but much of that business may be headed to Canadian lobstermen after hefty new tariffs.

In Maine, lobstermen have their worries – warming waters, environmental regulations, dwindling waterfront access. And now they’re in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade war. Earlier this month, China more than doubled tariffs on lobster from U.S. sources. And as Maine Public Radio’s Fred Bever reports, lobster dealers, who’ve seen sales to China shoot up over the past decade, are now suddenly shut out.

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