Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:25

Bipartisan amendment attempts to cut costs for lobster fishermen

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - An amendment to help cut costs and fees for Maine's lobster industry passed unanimously in Washington Wednesday.

Maine Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree co-sponsored the measure, which has since been added to a major fisheries bill.

The bipartisan amendment directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study and keep track of the fees it places on the lobster industry.

Congressman Poliquin (ME-02) spoke about the issue on the House floor, saying the idea is to eliminate unnecessary costs that burden lobstermen.

"All these lobster fishermen are running small businesses," Rep. Poliquin said. "We need to make sure their fees are lower, and the regulations are fewer, and the taxes are lower because that helps them grow their business."

The amendment comes during a major trade war between the U.S. and China, in which China has imposed new tariffs on American lobster.

Kayla Fish

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