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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 ...

Maine Congressional Delegation Responds to European Union Decision to Proceed with Review 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 released the following statement today in response to a decision by the European Union’s (EU) Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species to open up a broader review of Sweden’s request to declare American lobster as an invasive species and ban all imports of live lobster into the EU: “We find th...

Reps. Pingree, Wittman introduce bipartisan legislation to protect working waterfronts

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Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Rob Wittman (VA-01) are introducing bipartisan legislation today to protect the kind of waterfront access and infrastructure that many businesses—and thousands of jobs—depend on in Maine, Virginia, and in communities all over the country. “The importance of Maine’s coastline to our state’s economy can’t be understated. It’s not only the reason millions ...

Maine Delegation ask top Obama Administration officials to protect European imports of Maine lobsters

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Tells Secretary of State, U.S. Trade Representative and head of NOAA that import ban isn't warranted Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin joined together today to ask three top Obama Administration officials to resist Swedish efforts to ban the import of live Maine lobsters into the European Union. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry...

Pingree and Poliquin introduce bill to make it easier for Maine urchin dealers to export

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Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin introduced a bill today that will make it easier for seafood dealers to export urchins outside of the United States. Recently, federal officials started requiring inspections of urchins entering and leaving the United States. Currently processors buy urchins harvested in Maine and Canada and process them here in Maine. Urchins from Canada are insp...

New report says there is "urgent" need to address ocean acidification in Maine

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A special commission set up by the Maine Legislature has released a report on the threat of ocean acidification in Maine waters, and, like a bill introduced by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree last spring, called for research and study into the problem. Ocean acidification—a change in the chemical composition of seawater—is driven by increased greenhouse gases and other pollution and makes it harder ...

York River bill closer to final passage

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Federal designation would lead to investment, protection of local environment House and Senate leaders have agreed to include legislation originally written by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in a major defense spending bill that is expected to pass Congress this week. Pingree's bill—the York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act—would create a 3-year study to determine if the river could be includ...

Pingree announces federal funding to confront coastal challenges

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Maine will receive $492,000 for projects concerning severe storms, climate change, lobsters, and more Today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that Maine would receive over $492,000 from the federal National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Program for projects to help coastal communities confront today’s challenges. “Coastal communities are dealing with a number of que...

Maine receives federal grants to rescue stranded seals and whales in Maine

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Pingree has fought for Congressional funding to continue the critical program Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that two Maine organizations working to rescue stranded seals and whales would receive federal Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Though funding for the program has faced possible elimination in...

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