Maine Congressional Delegation Responds to EU Committee’s Dismissal of Proposed Lobster Ban
Sens. Collins and King and Reps. Pingree and Poliquin Repeatedly Urged the European Commission to Reject the Swedish Proposal to Ban Lobsters
Timeline of Delegation's Advocacy
On March 28, 2016, the Maine delegation sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, urging them “engage in immediate efforts to ensure the continuation of safe and responsible import of live Maine lobster.”
On June 17, 2016, in a letter to Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of Environment at the EU, members of the New England Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree urged the European Union to reject the proposed lobster ban and reinforced the joint paper’s conclusion.
On June 22, 2016 the Maine delegation announced that a scientific committee of the European Union was going to consider the arguments presented by top U.S. and Canadian scientists in response to a Swedish request to ban the import of American lobsters into the EU.
On September 16, 2016, the Maine delegation wrote to Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of Environment at the EU, requesting that the proposal continue to be measured against peer-reviewed science. The letter also urged Mr. Crespo to consider the economic repercussions of the proposed ban.
Lobster continues to be one of the largest catches in U.S. waters, with more than 120 million pounds landed each year. The industry is a significant economic driver and important cultural tradition for coastal communities.