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Pingree Announces $500K in USDA Funding to Support Growing Aquaculture Industry in Maine

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WASHINGTON, DC—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 Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) to establish a comprehensive aquaculture workforce training system to support Maine’s rapidly growing aquaculture industry. “Maine’s aquaculture industry is vi...

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Urge Commerce Secretary to Rescind Right Whale Rule and Protect Lobster Fishery

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Washington, D.C. –Following the U.S. District Court of Maine’s order blocking the Lobster Management Area (LMA) 1 restricted area closure, which is a component of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) flawed and unfair Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills sent a lett...

In Congress, Representative Pingree Honors Maine’s Oldest Lobster Harvester

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WASHINGTON, DC—Last week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) honored Virginia ‘Ginny’ Oliver by recognizing her in the official Congressional Record. At 101 years old, Oliver, sometimes called “The Lobster Lady,” is Maine’s—and perhaps the world’s—oldest lobster harvester. “In Maine we take great pride in our strong work ethic, and Virginia Oliver, The Lobster Lady, is a bright example of wh...

Pingree Announces $750K Grant to Support Maine Seafood Industry, Sustainable Jobs

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced federal funding for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). The Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded GMRI $749,815 for their Gulf of Maine Blue Economy Initiative, which has the goal of developing a collaborative commercialization platform for the marine-related start up sector. GMRI says the result will be ...

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Oppose New Rule That Will Harm Maine’s Lobster Industry

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills issued this statement following the release of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule: “The Maine lobster fishery has repeatedly made significant improvements to their practices and modifications to their gear to pr...

Maine Delegation Urges Commerce Secretary to Protect Lobster Fishery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden have sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, urging her to ensure that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule does not include last minute changes that would significantly harm the livelihoods of communities that depend on fishing a...

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), ...

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