In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 photo, lobster fishing boats head out to sea on a foggy morning off South Portland. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

ROCKLAND — With overseas markets shaky at best, the leaders of Maine’s $1.4 billion lobster industry came together Wednesday to talk about how to drive up demand and get top dollar in the one market they can count on – the United States.

It’s a conversation that began long before China slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. lobsters, closing the door on a $128.5 million-a-year market, or the European Union inked its trade deal with Canada, driving down European exports by 27 percent.

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