ME - Trump opens monument to fishing, but King says tariffs the real problem

During a visit to Bangor, Maine, on Friday, President Donald Trump opened the Atlantic Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument created by President Barack Obama in 2016 to commercial fishing.

The National Fisheries Institute, an industry group, applauded the Trump administration “for withdrawing arbitrary fisheries restrictions,” but Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said the industry’s real problem is Trump’s trade war.

“After further consideration of the nature of the objects identified in Proclamation 9496 and the protection of those objects already provided by Magnuson-Stevens and other relevant law, I find that a prohibition on commercial fishing is not, at this time, necessary for the proper care and management of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, or the objects of historic or scientific interest therein,” Trump said in a proclamation.

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly said, “We welcome efforts to refocus on fisheries regulation that are transparent, participatory and science-based, and in this case best achieved through the New England Fishery Management Council.

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