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Earlier this year, CBS4 News produced a half hour special, The Business of Lobster, which explored how the commercial fishing industry in the Florida Keys was saved in recent years when China began importing live Florida lobsters.

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The high prices the Chinese were willing to pay meant most of the lobster caught in Florida was ultimately shipped there.

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But now the growing trade war with China is threatening to throw the Keys fishing industry into disarray.

A new round of tariffs went into effect Friday, July 5, 2018.

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The Trump administration issued tariff’s against goods coming into the United States from China. Within hours China responded, announcing $34 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods including Lobster and for the Keys fishermen the news is not good.

Jim DeFede