An arm of the European Union says there's enough scientific evidence to move forward with a review of Sweden's request to declare the American lobster an invasive species.
The opinion of the European Union's Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species announced Tuesday sets in motion a broader review of the proposal to ban American lobsters.
Lobstermen in the U.S and Canada stand to lose $200 million in business with EU countries if the ban becomes a reality. They contend a ban is not supported by science.
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Sweden set the wheels in motion when it announced it had found 32 American lobsters in the country's waters earlier this year and that they pose a threat to native crustaceans.
The expanded review won't be completed until the spring, at the earliest.