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Joe Biden serving lobster at state dinner sparks criticism from Maine politicians

President Joe Biden serving Maine lobster at his first state dinner would typically be celebrated here. Instead, it drew criticism from Gov. Janet Mills and U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District.

Biden will serve butter-poached Maine lobster as part of a series of dishes from across the U.S. in a dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Thursday night. It comes in the middle of a fight between the fishery and the federal government.

Both lobstermen and their boosters in Maine’s high political offices have hammered federal regulations on the industry that are aimed at preserving the endangered right whale. An industry group with state backing has hired a former solicitor general to appeal a recent court ruling.