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Golden, Pingree Secure Critical Funding to Help Lobstermen Cover Burdensome Regulation Compliance Costs

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Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced today that they have secured $14 million to help support Maine lobstermen in the House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill. The inclusion of the funding in the bill comes after Golden and Pingree led a group of New Englan...

Pingree, Salazar Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the Blue Economy and Support Coastal Communities

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to strengthen coastal communities and the blue economy of Maine and the U.S. through technological research and development, job training, and cross-sector partnerships. The bipartisan Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation (Ocean ROI) Act of 2022, which was introduced i...

NOAA Forecasts Graduated Enforcement Approach in Response to Call from Maine Delegation, Governor Mills to Delay Looming Lobster Gear Deadline Amid Supply Chain Disruption

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Following repeated calls from the Maine Delegation and Governor Janet Mills, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today said that the agency is working to implement a graduated enforcement effort for fisheries that have made good faith efforts to comply with new gear regulations by the May 1 deadline. Today’s announcement comes in response to continued efforts from U.S. Senat...

Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Renew Call for Biden Administration to Extend Lobster Gear Deadline

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – With new federal regulations fast approaching and supply chain challenges delaying access to key materials, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills are urging the Biden administration to give Maine lobstermen and women more time to comply with updated gear rules. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina...

Maine Delegation Secures $17.1 Million to Support Jobs in Maine’s Lobster Industry

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that $17,065,000 to support Maine’s lobster industry was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee. R...

“Another Broken Promise” by China – King, Pingree, Golden Urge U.S. Trade Rep to Hold Nation Accountable for Failing to Honor Commitment to Maine Lobster Industry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) are calling on the Biden administration to hold China accountable for breaking promises to the Maine lobster industry and provide much needed transparency on a 2020 trade deal – in the wake of a disclosure that China has failed to hold up its side of the deal with the Unite...

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Push for Delay of Unfair, Flawed Regulations on Lobster Industry

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Washington, D.C.—In a continuation of their advocacy on behalf of Maine lobstermen and women, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to request a delay of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) new Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) rule. Senator ...

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...

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