Maine lobster. (Photo: Roberto Rodriguez CC BY-SA 3.0)
Sweden considers other measures to address the issue of American lobsters
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 02:20 (GMT + 9)
The Swedish government is working on a new proposal to address the problem of the appearance of American lobsters in Swedish waters, in the face of the European Union's refusal to impose a ban on the importation of these crustaceans from the United States and Canada.
The controversy over whether American lobsters are invasive has been discussed for a whole year, following concern over the finding of 32 American lobsters in the waters of the Scandinavian country.
Sweden’s upcoming proposal may include countrywide and regional measures addressing invasive lobsters instead of an international ban, Associated Press reported.
Some of the lobsters that were found in Europe were wearing the rubber bands that are put on their claws in captivity, which led to speculation that they were imported lobsters that either escaped into the wild or were released.
Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, said her organization is working with others in the industry, as well as American and Canadian government agencies, to help prevent American lobsters from escaping in Europe.
“The goal is to keep them going to Europe and hopefully find some mitigation factors,” she explained. “They hold them in ponds just like over here. Sometimes one or two might escape,” the executive added.
According to Iris Petsa, a spokeswoman for the EU’s European Commission, the issue now lies with Sweden, and said the country would still need to notify the European Commission before applying restrictions on national trade.
“If Sweden wishes to adopt other measures not affecting trade, they can do so without informing the European Commission,” Petsa concluded.
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