She tells Swedish Radio News that the government wants to ban the import and sale of living lobsters.
At the moment around 250 tons of live lobsters are imported into Sweden from the United States and Canada every year.
The minister says, however, exceptions could be granted for importers who maintain closed systems. Sweden will be applying to the European Commission and the World Trade Organization forpermission to impose a ban, which the government hopes can be in place by next summer.
The minister says she hopes Norway and other EU countries can follow the Swedish example.