NMFS to pay for groundfish at-sea observers

ROCKPORT — Governor Paul LePage told lobstermen at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Friday morning that he wanted to work with them “to help make your industry more prosperous” and that “you are the ones that make the governor’s office strong.”

LePage made his remarks during a brief visit with Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher to the annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

Shortly after LePage spoke, William Karp, science and research director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, announced to delighted fishermen that NOAA would continue to pay the cost of at-sea monitoring of the groundfish fleet for at least the next two years.

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