U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden and Governor Janet Mills announced December 20 that they were successful in securing a regulatory pause and research funding for Maine’s lobster industry in the omnibus appropriations bill that is expected to pass the Senate and House, according to a press release.
Specifically, the provision in the omnibus legislation:
Deems the current right whale rules sufficient to ensure the continued operation of the lobster and Jonah crab fisheries for six years, through December 31, 2028.
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