Chinese tariffs are taking a toll on Mass. lobster businesses, and lawmakers are speaking up

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, of Gloucester, said in a June letter that the state’s lobstering industry “has become collateral damage in the Trump Administration’s trade war with China.”

Ferrante has proposed a bill that would require state officials to prepare an annual strategic report for the state’s commercial fishing and shellfish industry. The evaluation would come with recommendations for ways to maintain and revitalize those industries.

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