Candidates for Maine governor talk seafood industry.
More than 150 members of Maine's dedicated seafood industry and community members descended on the coastal town of Rockland for the 2018 Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum.
Those vying for Maine's next governor got the chance to explain their views on the future of the seafood industry under their administration. Questions, posed by industry association and audience participation, covered critical issues as such as waterfront preservation, ocean energy development, climate change, government appointments, workforce, and health care costs.
There are a lot of issues that the next governor is going to have to deal with that will impact Maine's fishing industry. We only scratched the surface and we are excited to continue the discussion with whoever is selected to ensure we have a healthy Gulf of Maine and vibrant fishing communities for this and future generations.
We are less than a month away from the November 6th election. This particular election is critical to the seafood industry as the next governor will set the stage for at least the next four years on issues such as:
Selection and appointment of many important roles such as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and seats at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and New England Fishery Management Council.
Dedicating resources of the Attorney General's office to fight for the industry.
Helping to solve the future bait shortage for Maine's iconic lobster fishery.
Work on issues such as labor shortages/workforce challenges, federal government trade issues, and threats posed by environmental changes, and so much more.
Don't forget to vote on November 6th.