Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:25

Bipartisan amendment attempts to cut costs for lobster fishermen

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Bipartisan amendment attempts to cut costs for lobster fishermen

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.

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

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