Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine


Fisheries are an incredibly important issue for Maine.  From fighting to ensure our fishermen have access to working waterfronts to supporting the scientific research and stock assessments necessary to ensure the accurate setting of quotas, I am working in Maine and DC to make our fisheries and coastal communities more sustainable.

Pushing for shellfish disaster funding

Maine shellfishermen were hit hard by Red Tide, and relief has come too slow to help them recover.  I'm pushing the Secretary of Commerce to give them the support they need. 

How sectors are working for Maine

While I continue to closely watch its effect on the livelihoods of fishermen, early reports of increased catches shows that the system might be a good fit for Maine. 

Studying herring stocks

Herring is an important fishery, especially as a bait used by Maine lobstermen.  But we need more information on the health of the stocks for better management.  Here's more about an exciting project to pay lobstermen to do that work. 

Fighting undue burdens on tuna fishermen

Maine fishermen have been following the rules when it comes to managing tuna stocks, but foreign practices and overregulation are threatening their livelihoods.  Learn more.

Matinicus Rock CMAN Station

Maine fishermen need accurate weather updates in order to determine whether it is safe to go out and I am very pleased that NOAA was able to restore the CMAN station to operations.

Offshore wind

I support deepwater, offshore wind and I am following the debate closely and at every opportunity, trying to make sure Maine fishermen and fishing communities have a say in the siting process of offshore wind turbines. The development of this industry holds great promise for the state and needs to be done in a way that involves fishermen.

More on Fisheries

Mar 21, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Pingree and Senator King
Congresswoman Pingree and Senator King at the Maine Fishermen's Forum.

Sep 7, 2016 Press Release


A bill introduced by Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin to ease federal inspection of several species of seafood, including urchins exported from Maine, passed the U.S. House today. 

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release
A major spending bill that passed the House today contains a provision introduced by Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin to exempt urchins imported to or exported from the United States from mandatory inspections by federal wildlife officials, providing important relief for an industry of more than 650 Maine workers.
Apr 19, 2016 Press Release
Current process disadvantages several states, including Maine, that wish to export product to the European Union.
Mar 28, 2016 Press Release

Tells Secretary of State, U.S. Trade Representative and head of NOAA that import ban isn't warranted

Maine lobster boat

Feb 1, 2016 Press Release

maine sea urchin and sea cucumber
Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin will testify at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee tomorrow in support of a bill that would exempt sea urchins and sea cucumbers from federal inspection when they are imported to or exported from the United States.