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“In 2017, Maine’s commercial harvest of lobster had an ex-vessel value of $450 million and the harvester sector employs roughly 10,000 fishermen and crew. Our supply chain member businesses contribute $1 billion to Maine’s economy annually and supports 5,500 jobs. Maine is a large, rural state and this industry is critical to our GDP. MLDA testimony in this matter will discuss the importance of the U.S.-China lobster trade, and in particular the benefits of this trade for American small and medium size businesses.”