Congressman Mike Michaud spoke with Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, today about ongoing concerns over Maine lobster shipments to processing plants in Canada.
During his conversation with Jones, Michaud passed along concerns he's heard from the LePage Administration and Maine Motor Transport about the ability of Maine truckers to deliver lobsters across the border safely. He urged the Assistant Secretary to work with her Canadian counterparts to ensure that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other law enforcement provide the resources necessary to ensure adequate security.
"This is a major economic concern for our lobster industry, but it's also a safety concern for our truckers," said Michaud. "I appreciate the support from both the U.S. and Canadian governments and their commitment to finding a positive way forward. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and will work with all parties until a solution is found."
Michaud's office has also been in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC in order to ensure they are working together and are fully aware of the ramifications of the current situation. Michaud has been working with Maine's entire congressional delegation to stay in touch with the Governor's office as well as the Maine Department of Marine Resources and Maine's lobster industry.