Eastern Maine Lawmakers Visit Downeast Institute

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Krysta West
Communications Director
Senate Republican Office
(207) 287-1505
krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov

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Eastern Maine Lawmakers Visit Downeast Institute

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Delegation in front row, starting 2nd from the left, include Rep. William Tuell, Rep. Robert Alley, Sen. Joyce Maker

BEALS- On Friday, January 20 , lawmakers from eastern Maine, including state Sen. Joyce Maker (R-Washington), visited the Downeast Institute in Beals to celebrate a $5 million project that will focus on expanding opportunities for Maine’s growing seafood industry. Downeast Institute is working on the project in colaboration with the University of Maine Machias Marine Science Field Station.

The funding will go towards building new infrastructure, upgrading existing infastructure and the installation of state-of-the-art equipment to investigate the impacts of climate change on Maine’s marine resources.

“Our coastal environment and our marine economy are traditions we cherish and resources we must protect to sustain the Downeast region,” said State Senator Joyce Maker of Washington County, Senate Chair of the Marine Resource Committee. “The partnership between the Downeast Institute and the University of Maine System and these new investments will create much needed opportunity for our communities and for our hardworking neighbors who fish and farm the sea to support their families.”

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