Lobster prices are tumbling, and shippers fear the worst could be yet to come as the seafood industry deals with a worldwide slowdown in imports because of the coronavirusBy PATRICK WHITTLE Associated PressMarch 14, 2020, 12:27 PM3 min readROCKPORT, Maine — Lobster prices are tumbling, and shippers fear the worst could be yet to come as the seafood industry deals with a worldwide slowdown in imports because of the coronavirus. China is one of the biggest buyers in the world for lobsters from the U.S. and Canada, which harvest the same species in the Atlantic Ocean. Europe is also home to major markets, including Italy, which has been hit especially hard by the virus. Late winter and early spring are already slow seasons for lobster exportation, but they’ve slowed to a crawl this year, said Bill Bruns, operations manager for The Lobster Co. of Arundel, Maine. The company has already laid off eight of its 15 workers and will face an even harder hit if the lack of exports carries into May and June, he said. “We have a lot of customers in Hong Kong. They are either taking very small quantities or not at all,” Bruns said. “For the


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