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Pingree, Poliquin Successfully Add Amendment To Remove Regulatory Burdens on Maine Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Businesses

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In a win for Maine’s sea urchin and sea cucumber harvesting industry and businesses, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin had their bipartisan amendment, the Poliquin Amendment, included into one of the major spending bills being considered by the House. The amendment, which is similar to the representatives’ bipartisan bill introduced earlier this year, will make it easier for Maine...

Portland Shipyard Receives Nearly $1 Million Federal Grant to Replace Aging Boat Lift

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Portland Ship Yard would receive a $990,500 federal Small Shipyard Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Funds will be used to replace an aging boat lift that has hindered the shipyard’s ability to serve Casco Bay’s commercial fleet.

King, Pingree Urge NOAA to Protect Gulf of Maine Scallop Industry

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Congresswoman Pingree and Senator King at the Maine Fishermen's Forum. U.S. Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree have sent a letter to a regional NOAA official requesting additional information on measures being taken by the agency to ensure the future sustainability of the Gulf of Maine sea scallop fishery. The letter comes in the wake of problems that the area’s management plan ...

Pingree reintroduces bipartisan legislation to protect working waterfronts

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Republican Congressman Rob Wittman of Virginia to protect the kind of waterfront access and infrastructure that many businesses—and thousands of jobs—depend on in Maine. “The importance of Maine’s coastline to our state’s economy can’t be overstated. It’s not only the reason millions of people visit our state every year, ...

Collins, King, Pingree Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Fund York Harbor, Saco River Dredging Projects

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Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward and fund critical dredging projects for York Harbor and the Saco River. “Small ports and harbors like York and Saco River are the economic lifeblood for many coastal communities in Maine. In allocating funds that Congress makes available t...

Maine Congressional Delegation Responds to EU Committee’s Dismissal of Proposed Lobster Ban

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin responded to today’s announcement that the European Commission’s Committee on Invasive Alien Species has decided that they will not proceed with the listing of American lobster as an invasive species at the European Union level. The decision brings an end to the proposal that threatened to end l...

Pingree, Poliquin win major protection for Maine urchin dealers

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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. "Urchin dealers in Maine should be exempted from these inspections just like lobster and other shellfish are," Pingree said. "This is a highly perishable product and the shipments keep getting held up ...

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