Maine sends gifts of lobster to expand markets

AUGUSTA — As part of Maine’s efforts to expand markets for lobster, Gov. Paul LePage on Monday sent a box of Maine lobster products to each of the 49 other governors across the country.

“What better time than summer to share the iconic Maine lobster?” LePage said.

Boxes full of items such as prepared lobster meat, frozen tails, bisques and spreads from Maine processors and dealers were shipped overnight. The governor announced plans to send the promotional boxes earlier this month. The packages did not include live lobsters, given the logistical challenges of sending live shellfish across the country, a spokesman said.

The $5,000 promotion, which covered the cost of the lobster products and shipping, was funded by the governor’s contingency fund, according to Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

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