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Politicians looking for new markets for lobster.

Canada produces $5 billion worth of fish and seafood each year, and 80 per cent of it comes from the Atlantic region. More than 60 per cent of Canada’s lobster catch is shipped to the United States, but fisheries ministers are also starting to look to China.

The Atlantic Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers — which includes representatives from the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Nunuvut and the federal government — met in Halifax Monday and agreed to work together to expand and improve markets for lobster.

In the lead-up to Monday’s meeting, Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced new money for lobster marketing, a new Lobster Council of Canada and a one-year bailout for lobster fishermen worth $15 million.

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