AUGUSTA (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci has signed an executive order establishing a task force to examine Maine’s lobster industry and make recommendations on how to maintain its long-term viability.

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.

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