Maine's Heritage Industries

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

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on officials of three government agencies to investigate allegations of Canadian truckers operating illegally in Maine. Multiple stakeholders in Maine’s logging community have voiced their concerns that Canadians are violating cabotage laws by using H2-A visas to illegally pick up and drop off loads of timber within the United States. 

July 21, 2020 Press Release

In Maine, timber harvest expected to be down over 20 percent in 2020 due in large part to COVID-19, Androscoggin Mill explosion

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide relief to family logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is a co-sponsor of the bill.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reject a petition to impose seasonal closures on lobster and crab fishing in three areas in and around the Gulf of Maine.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Union, Maine Lobstermen’s Association call Golden’s legislation “necessary,” “common-sense”, and could “provide desperately needed resources”

June 4, 2020 Press Release

LEWISTON — Ahead of President Trump’s arrival in Maine tomorrow to visit Puritan Medical Products and hold a roundtable with representatives of Maine’s fishing industry, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement: 

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide new relief for Maine’s fisheries and fishermen in a bipartisan letter today.Pingree and Golden urged the House leaders to include

May 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that Maine lobstermen, fishermen, and other Mainers working in the seafood supply chain will receive a total of $20,166,476.  The funding represents the fifth-highest amount being awarded among 31 recipients.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), and U.S.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) wrote to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, emphasizing the importance of supporting the seafood industry through designated funds in last week’s $2.2 trillion legislation.