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Chinese appetite for lobsters grows

In this file photo, live lobsters are packed and weighed for overseas shipment at the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine. (AP photo)

ROCKPORT, Maine: The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.

American lobster was almost unheard of in most of China until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250% to about $7.4 million. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014.

"We've opened new markets in Asia, which is booming,'' said Dave Cousens, president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association. "Everything is clicking now.''

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