Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn: A Summer Talk Series

Join industry experts all summer long for our summer-long monthly talk series. Pack your lunch and head to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ office for a public discussion on current fisheries issues facing our community.

Date: The last Friday of each month, May – October
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location: 13 Atlantic Avenue, Stonington
Admission: Free to the public, no registration required
For more information: call 207.367.2708

A Power Trimaran for Coastal Fishing and Transportation
Friday, August 30 at 12:30 pm

Associate Professor Douglas Read, Maine Maritime Academy, sponsored by Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington, has undertaken a research project to design an efficient coastal fishing vessel with substantially reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The result is a relatively small trimaran, suitable for conventional or electric propulsion, with power requirements 20-25% less than conventional monohulls in the desired speed range.

Using funds from a modest state research grant (Maine Economic Improvement Fund), MMA partnered with The Landing School in Arundel to construct a half-scale 22 ft. prototype/technology demonstrator. This presentation will cover the development of the design including initial trade-off study, two model test series, full-scale design, prototype scaling and construction, and ongoing design changes. The focus will be on the unique balance between hull shape, weight, and stability for a small displacement trimaran with a 12 to 16 knot cruise speed.

Doug Read is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Maine Maritime Academy. He holds a B.S. in NAME from Webb Institute, an M.S. in NAME from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Maine. He is a licensed PE in the state of Maine.

One Fish, Two Fish, Old Fish, New Fish

Friday, September 27 at 12:30 pm

Some fish are skinny. Some are fat. Some travel far, and some stay near. Join us as we unlock some of the mysteries even Dr. Seuss couldn’t unravel. We explore morphometric body shape, age, diet, and genetics in this presentation about one of our flagship programs chasing Atlantic cod and other groundfish in the Eastern Gulf of Maine. Learn how area fishermen contribute to research and participate in sampling in an effort to inform fisheries management.