Fighting For Maine Lobstermen, Poliquin’s Bipartisan Amendment Aimed At Cutting Costs for Lobster Industry Passes Unanimously
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) had his amendment to identify and help cut unnecessary costs for Maine’s critical lobster industry unanimously pass the U.S. House of Representatives and added to a major fisheries bill. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) cosponsored the measure.
The Poliquin Amendment directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct a study on all fees it administers on the lobster industry. This will help Congress identify and work to eliminate unnecessary costs burdened by the Maine lobster industry.
“When you think Maine, you think lobster,” said Congressman Poliquin. “The lobster industry is an absolutely indispensible part of our history, our culture and our economy, supporting thousands of jobs throughout our State, from the time our fresh lobster goes from the water to the dinner table. This bipartisan amendment is simple—it allows us to identify and take a look at the unnecessary costs our lobster industry burdens. Our federal government should be working with our lobster industry, not against it.”
“Maine’s lobster fisheries face new challenges every day—from warming waters to rising tariffs due to the ongoing trade war with the EU and China. These factors have put enormous pressure on Maine’s lobster industry and it’s imperative that we do everything we can to reduce that burden,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “That’s why I’ve joined Representative Poliquin in this effort to provide more transparency about the fees put on our state’s fisheries and study the added challenges fisheries face.”
Poliquin spoke on the House Floor in support of the amendment.