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Video Recap: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges House Colleagues to Pass Coastal Protection Bill

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In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) called for the passage of the COAST Research Act, legislation to address the impact of climate change on oceans. H.R. 1147, authored by Congresswoman Bonamici, would expand scientific research and monitoring to improve our understanding of ocean acidification and help coastal communities adapt to the ...

Pingree Announces $500K in USDA Funding for Aquaculture Workforce Training Partnership in Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center in Walpole to develop an aquaculture workforce training pilot in partnership with Washington County Community College. “Maine’s aquaculture sector is vital to our state’s economy...

Pingree Announces $749,856 Grant to Gulf of Maine Research Institute

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) will receive a grant of $749,856 from the Economic Development Administration to fund the Gulf of Maine Blue Innovation Recovery Program, which will help seafood businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic through innovation and increasing resilience. “Maine’s seafood industry is a cornerstone of ...

Maine Delegation Urges President Biden to Act on Pledge to Protect the Livelihoods of Lobstermen

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In their first joint letter to President Biden, Maine’s congressional delegation raised the alarm on misguided regulations that present an unprecedented threat to the state’s lobstermen and lobstering communities, and urged the president to act on his promise to protect lobstermen’s livelihoods. The letter from Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), ...

Pingree Joins Call from Bipartisan Members of Congress for Biden Admin to Provide Seafood Processors COVID-19 Relief

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), joined a bicameral, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and members of the U.S House of Representatives calling upon the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kevin Shea, to quickly implement a program to provide grants and forgivable loan support to seafood processing facilities and processing vessels. This program would fund COVID-19 respo...

Pingree Announces $400,499 in NOAA Funding for Maine’s Ocean Economy

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Maine Aquaculture Association in Hallowell will receive $400,499 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant Program. This grant will fund research into the future of Maine’s Blue Economy, including its seafood and fishery markets. “Maine’s economy relies heavily on the strength of our fisheries. In New ...

ME Delegation Urges Feds to Reject Petition that Undermines Regulatory Process, Threatens Maine Lobster Fishery

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Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to reject a petition for emergency interim fishery regulations regarding the North Atlantic right whale. The petition, submitted by a number of out-of-state interest groups, would bypass the established regulatory process and c...

King, Pingree, Golden Celebrate Elimination of EU Tariff for Maine Lobster

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Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) applauded a trade agreement that will eliminate the European Union’s (EU) tariffs on American lobster. The agreement comes after years of retaliatory tariffs in both the EU and China have imposed severe economic challenges for Maine’s lobster industry, and follows extensive pressure fr...

Maine Delegation Urges USDA to Act on Pres. Trump’s Lobster Order Before Monday’s Deadline

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Washington, D.C. — With the 60-day deadline fast approaching, today Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately act on President Trump’s June 24th memorandum to provide relief funds to the lobster industry. President Trump’s memo stated “the Secretary of Agriculture shall, within 60 days of the date of this memorand...

Maine Delegation’s Statement on China’s Exemption for Lobster Tariff

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden issued a joint statement in response to reports that China has decided to establish a one-year exclusion process for certain U.S. goods imported into China. Live lobster is included as one of the 696 US-origin products eligible for a tariff exemption. “We welcome the promising development for Maine’s lo...

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