[STONINGTON, ME, June 1, 2021] – Stonington nonprofit, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is excited to announce the re-opening of its marine education center, Discovery Wharf. The interpretive center will open its doors beginning Tuesday, June 22 with a limited schedule and new reservation system.
Discovery Wharf has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the country and world, but it was closed to the public last summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The use of a booking system will allow staff to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines as well as proper cleaning procedures in-between visitors to ensure a safe experience for everyone.
Visitors can enjoy the beloved marine touch tank, interactive display wall, and virtual reality exhibit. This year’s VR exhibit will also feature new experiences, including scallop and offshore lobster fishing, a tour of an oyster farm, and ice fishing. Visitors can also expect to see a familiar face when being welcomed by Captain Leroy Weed, the star of MCCF’s online video series, “Ask Leroy!”
MCCF’s Executive Director, Paul Anderson shares, “We are looking forward to meeting visitors at our location on Stonington Harbor so we can continue to help people understand fishing and the seafood economy of eastern Maine.”
Discovery Wharf will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Parties of up to eight individuals can make their reservations online today. Advanced booking is available at www.picktime.com/discoverywharf. Visitor guidelines and more information about MCCF can be viewed on our website at www.coastalfisheries.org. Reservations are required and hours are subject to change.
About Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is working to secure a diversified fishing future by connecting fishermen, scientists, regulators, and others through collaborative research, education, and management. Our innovative and collaborative approach allows us to make sure that we can keep fishing alive for today and for tomorrow’s fishery stewards.
CONTACT: Chelsea Kondratowicz, Administrative and Communications Assistant