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Lobster Task Force 

Theannouncement comes as Maine’s lobstermen and dealers suffer from a sharp plunge in prices brought on by a drop in demand amid the world’s economic turmoil.

The governor said a thorough review is in order to ensure the industry’s sustainability.

The task force’s goals include expanding and diversifying markets for live and processed lobster, increasing product quality and promoting the Maine lobster brand. The panel will report back to the governor by next April 15.