The Maine lobster industry is aiming to rebuild its market share in China, lost amid a bitter trade war that began a year ago with the Asian economic giant.

Since US President Trump opted to take action to redress what he cited as unfair Chinese dealings in breaching his country's intellectual property rights and a massive imbalance in trade with China, the trade war has escalated, sucking in various non-related industries including seafood.

These industries have been hit by 25 percent retaliatory tariffs on many of their products, making them too expensive for Chinese buyers.