August 11, 2012

LePage: Maine needs more lobster processing plants

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is using his weekly radio address to talk about the need to bolster processing plants so the state doesn't ship so much lobster to Canada.

LePage says it's important to process the lobster – making them into products like frozen tails – in Maine where value is added and jobs are created.

He says the reason there are only three lobster-processing plants in Maine but more than 40 of them in Canada is because of the high cost of doing business in Maine.

Problems came to light earlier this month when Canadian lobstermen angry over cheap imports blocked shipments of Maine lobster. LePage says Maine needs smart policies to encourage investment to process lobster at home. In particular, he says energy prices are too high.

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