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Lucky lobsters jamming China flights send US prices to record

US exports to China rose to 8,560 tonnes last year, up 22-fold from 2009, as Aussie catch began to shrink

China's middle class may surge to one billion people by 2030 from about 150 million last year, boosting incomes that will drive demand for all kinds of higher-value foods, including crustaceans. The country already consumes 35 per cent of the world's seafood.


EVERY Sunday for the past seven months, about 60,000 live North American lobsters packed in wet newspapers and Styrofoam coolers make the 18-hour flight to Asia in a Korean Air Lines Co cargo plane.

The 12,000-kilometre trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Shanghai via South...