Maine's Heritage Industries

Congressman Golden on a lobster boat

Maine’s economy and culture are tied to our heritage industries - fishing, logging, shipbuilding, farming, and others - and they provide thousands of Mainers with good-paying jobs. These industries are the bedrock of many communities in Maine, particularly in rural areas. They rely on a skilled workforce, responsible use of our state’s abundant natural resources, and the hard work of generations of Mainers. 

Jared has worked hard to make sure he understands the challenges Mainers working in these industries face. He’s traveled to farms throughout the Second District to learn from a wide variety of farmers about what they need to be successful and how he can help connect them with resources. Thousands of Mainers in the Second District build ships at Bath Iron Works and Jared has met them at the South Gate, in the union halls, and in the shipyard. Jared has used his position on the House Armed Services Committee to help protect these good shipbuilding jobs and ensure our country’s finest warships are ‘Bath-built, best-built’ far into the future. 

When new proposed regulations threatened the livelihoods of Maine lobstermen earlier this year, Jared led the Maine delegation in speaking out. Since then, he has worked closely with the lobstering community to ensure the regulations are based on the best available evidence and don’t unfairly target lobstermen. He proposed a bold amendment to block the regulations until the underlying data had undergone a scientific peer review process. He also led the delegation to urge the president to intervene directly. Jared will continue to stand up for lobstermen and push back against misguided, burdensome regulations.

Each of Maine’s heritage industries is changing. Jared is focused on making sure the next generation of fishermen, loggers, shipbuilders, and farmers can count on stable jobs that support their families. He’s focused on opening up new markets to Maine products, addressing workforce shortages and preparing young Mainers to work in these fields, and fighting federal regulations that don’t work for Maine.

More on Maine's Heritage Industries

October 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following the U.S. District Court of Maine’s order blocking the Lobster Management Area (LMA) 1 restricted area closure, which is a component of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) flawed and unfair Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

October 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement after District Judge Lance Walker issued a temporary restraining order blocking the closure of a large area off the coast of Maine to lobster fishing. 

October 8, 2021 Press Release

FAYETTE — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in Fayette and Augusta Tuesday to learn firsthand from Maine loggers and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the logging workforce. The congressman convened a roundtable between Secretary Walsh and members of the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine, to discuss issues including logger recruitment efforts, worker classification issues, and the importance of job training and workforce development for the industry.

September 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In a hearing of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development chaired by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) today, the congressman focused in on ways that a booming forest products economy can address climate change, and on challenges with government programs meant to support sustainable forestry.

September 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the annual defense authorization bill late last night, including several measures won by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) to protect Maine shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works (BIW) and the future shipbuilding workforce, strengthen national defense, and support American servicemembers.

September 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that the U.S.

September 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved its annual defense authorization bill early this morning, including a number of provisions secured by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) to protect Maine’s shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works (BIW) and the future shipbuilding workforce, bolster national defense, and support American servicemembers. 

September 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Vice-Chair of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, cosponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today that would authorize construction of a third DDG-51 destroyer in FY 2022 and provide advance procurement funding for a third ship in FY 2023, among other provisions. 

August 31, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills issued this statement following the release of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule:

August 18, 2021 Press Release

For Downeast Maine proposed closure alone, Pew’s proposal is estimated to reduce risk to whales by just 1.7%, while causing $22 million in losses for local lobstermen