Restoring Maine’s Groundfishing Industry

At a public hearing Wednesday, there was no opposition testimony to L.D. 939, which allocates $3.5 million in Maine state money annually to the Maine Groundfish Permit Bank. The Bill, titled “An Act To Restore Maine’s Groundfishing Industry,” aims to provide ongoing funding for the purchase of federal groundfishing permits to encourage Maine fishing vessels to land their catch in Maine. The trend of Maine’s groundfishing industry moving to Massachusettes is a “disturbing trend” that is, according to the Bill’s sponsor, “straining communities and putting our industries and our heritage at risk.”

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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