Governor Mills Highlights Responsible Aquaculture as an Opportunity to Create Jobs, Strengthen the Economy and Promote Maine Seafood

The Governor walks through downtown Bath, stops by local businesses and encourages Maine residents to shop locally as part of his visit to Sagadahoc County today

SAGADAHOC COUNTY – During a roundtable with seafood farmers from the New Meadows River Shellfish Co-op today, Governor Janet Mills highlighted her administration’s commitment to responsible aquaculture as an opportunity to strengthen and diversify Maine’s economy, generate good jobs and provide Maineans with sustainable, local resources. farmed seafood.

Governor Mills shucks an oyster following a roundtable discussion on aquaculture

Governor Mills shucks an oyster following a roundtable discussion on aquaculture

To support Maine’s aquaculture sector, the Governor highlighted the millions of dollars made available to Maine’s seafarers through the distribution of state funding through the CARES Act, the Plan Maine Governor’s Jobs and Recovery Plan, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the recently enacted Supplementary Budget, and the Functioning Waterfront Access Protection Program.

“Aquaculture represents a promising opportunity to create new jobs, strengthen and diversify our economy, and expand Maine’s reputation as a premier seafood destination,” said Governor Mills. “I have been proud to support Maine’s seafarers as they weather the pandemic, and my administration will continue to support the responsible growth of this industry as it creates new jobs and builds on the strong foundation of our marine economy.”

Aquaculture has grown steadily in Maine in recent years. According to the most recent economic impact report, its overall value is over $100 million. Seafarers apply to use public waters through the Maine Department of Marine Resources and go through a rigorous permitting process based on state law.

The governor was joined by Rep. Jay McCreight (D-Harpswell), the chairman of the Legislative Committee on Marine Resources, for the discussion. The cooperative is made up of twelve shellfish farmers who operate in the great waters of the New Meadows River, from Small Point Harbor in Phippsburg to Princes Point in Brunswick, to bring the people of Maine sustainably farmed oysters and shellfish.

Today the Governor also joined Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) for a walking tour of downtown Bath, visiting Bath Sweet Shoppe, Union & Co, Now You’re Cooking, Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine Shop and Reny’s. The Governor also visited the Bath Recovery Community Center and had lunch at the Kennebec Tavern. After the tour, she expressed her optimism about the future and encouraged Maine residents to shop locally.

“Downtown Bath is a beautiful community with great history, great restaurants and amazing small businesses,” said Governor Mills. “I love this community and Sagadahoc County, which has so much to offer our state. With inflation, I know times can be tough, but I am hopeful for the future, and as we we are heading into the long-awaited summer, I encourage people in Maine to get out and enjoy their communities, buy locally and support their local small businesses.”

The governor’s visit to Sagadahoc County comes as she travels across the state to meet with local businesses and community leaders. Last week the Governor visited Piscataquis County.

Earlier today, Governor Mills also joined US Senator Angus King and officials from Greater Portland METRO and Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit in introducing four electric buses (two per agency) to their fleets.

Governor Mills and Senator Vitelli at Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine store in Bath

Govt. Mills at Bath Community Recovery Center

Govt. Mills helps cut ribbons on new electric buses

Govt. Mills to Now You’re Cooking in Bath

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