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Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public File 2019

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District, has joined 84 U.S. House members in opposing the appointment of a longtime climate denier to a top post at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Stephan Savoia / AP File

A federal judge says that within two weeks he will decide when, exactly, federal regulators must issue new rules to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Federal fishing managers say commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is continuing to waive the need for some fishing vessels to carry at-sea monitors.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the federal government is releasing $300 million in emergency funds to help the nation's seafood sector — including $20 million for Maine.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that federal fisheries regulators are illegally allowing lobster traps that pose a threat to the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The annual Maine Fishermen's Forum is underway in Rockport, where the intertwined fates of lobstermen and endangered North Atlantic right whales are a hot topic.

CYNTHIA CHRISTMAN / NOAA

Court papers say a federal government plan to protect the endangered right whale is snarled in delays and won't likely be available for public comment until the summer. 

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

State officials are offering a final proposal to federal regulators for changes in the state's lobster fishery aimed at reducing the risk of entanglements for the endangered northern right whale. The new proposal makes some changes to a plan the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) floated in the fall, but it still may not satisfy lobstermen or conservation groups.

STEPHAN SAVOIA / AP File

Maine’s congressional delegation wants more information from the federal government before ocean managers release a new plan designed to protect endangered whales.

Pat Wellenbach / AP File

An international group of scientists, conservationists, fisheries managers and others are gathered in Portland this week for the annual meeting of what's called the North Atlantic right whale Consortium.

Lara Eakins / Creative Commons

If you feel as though Maine's summer season has lasted longer in recent years, you're not wrong — at least according to Maine state climatologist Sean Birkel.

Lisa Poole / AP Photo

The vast majority of U.S. fish stocks were at sustainable levels in 2018, and the number of U.S. fish stocks subject to overfishing remains at a near-all time low.

Campobello Whale Rescue

A showdown over lobsters and whales appears to be brewing between Maine and the federal government.

New England Aquarium

Maine’s Congressional Delegation is appealing directly to President Donald Trump to intervene in a federal rulemaking process that aims to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but which could cause large-scale disruption in this state’s lobster industry.

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