Fisheries are an incredibly important issue for Maine. From fighting to ensure our fishermen have access to working waterfronts to supporting the scientific research and stock assessments necessary to ensure the accurate setting of quotas, I am working in Maine and DC to make our fisheries and coastal communities more sustainable.
Pushing for shellfish disaster funding
Maine shellfishermen were hit hard by Red Tide, and relief has come too slow to help them recover. I'm pushing the Secretary of Commerce to give them the support they need.
How sectors are working for Maine
While I continue to closely watch its effect on the livelihoods of fishermen, early reports of increased catches shows that the system might be a good fit for Maine.
Studying herring stocks
Herring is an important fishery, especially as a bait used by Maine lobstermen. But we need more information on the health of the stocks for better management. Here's more about an exciting project to pay lobstermen to do that work.
Fighting undue burdens on tuna fishermen
Maine fishermen have been following the rules when it comes to managing tuna stocks, but foreign practices and overregulation are threatening their livelihoods.
Matinicus Rock CMAN Station
Maine fishermen need accurate weather updates in order to determine whether it is safe to go out and I am very pleased that NOAA was able to restore the CMAN station to operations.
I support deepwater, offshore wind and I am following the debate closely and at every opportunity, trying to make sure Maine fishermen and fishing communities have a say in the sitting process of offshore wind turbines. The development of this industry holds great promise for the state and needs to be done in a way that involves fishermen.