Community Honors Alden’s Retirement

Community Honors Alden’s Retirement 
More than 170 guests gathered at the Samoset Resort in Rockland

Alden (center) listens to remarks made during her retirement party, held December 8, 2017 at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. Alden is pictured with husband and co-founder of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Ted Ames (R). Photo by Amber Jones Photography

December 18, 2017, STONINGTON, ME – Friends and colleagues from all aspects of Robin Alden’s 45-year career filled the ballroom at the Samoset Resort in Rockland on Friday, December 8. The night celebrated Alden’s retirement from the role of Executive Director at Stonington-based non-profit, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries.

The Samoset was a fitting location for the event, as earlier in her career, Alden started the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, hosted there annually ever since. Alden also served as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and helped form the newspaper, Commercial Fisheries News. She went on to be a founding member of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in 2003.

Cutler fisherman, Kristan Porter, was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Speakers included Senator Angus King and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, as well as a video presentation from Senator Susan Collins.

“The evening was lovely,” Alden reflects. “I was encircled by family, friends, and colleagues. I am truly lucky to have this moment and to learn some of the ways I have inspired fisheries leadership. The memories will nurture me as I decide what is next.” In her final remarks, Alden thanked the many people she has worked with over the course of her career and “handed the wheel” of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries to the new Executive Director, Paul Anderson.

Music for the evening was provided by Blue Northern, a local bluegrass band that consists of three members, including Anderson.




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