Obama Administration officials came to Maine today for a listening session with Maine fishermen about possibly listing bluefin tuna as an endangered species.
"Maine fishermen have a long history of acting responsibly and making sure that tuna aren't over-fished," Pingree said. "I don't think they should carry the entire burden of protecting this species while other countries break the rules and act irresponsibly. I'm glad regulators have agreed to come to Maine and listen to our fishermen first-hand."
Regulators are considering listing the blufin tuna as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Last September Pingree called on the Obama Administration to "considers the science on this issue very, very carefully." Pingree says such a listing could shut down Maine's tuna fishery and affect other fisheries as well.
Officials from NOAA's Fisheries' Office of Protected Resources were scheduled to meet with and hear from fisherman at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland this morning.