Upcoming Events

Maine Coastal Fisheries is always active in the community. Join us!

Tall Tales, Fish Tails & Damn Lies

When: Thursday, June 27
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Kick-off the summer with a night of entertainment for a good cause! Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is excited to bring back Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies – a night of music and words from a fishing community. Enjoy performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Leroy Weed, Bob Quinn and many more.

Don’t miss this fun and lively evening, which benefits MCCF, a nonprofit securing a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can only be purchased online OR at the MCCF office.  Purchase tickets here: https://talltalesfishtails.eventbrite.com

Tall Tales Event Flyer

State of the Science Conference

Hosted by the Eastern Maine Coastal Current Collaborative
Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18
The University of Maine at Machias

A two-day conference to discuss ecosystem-based fisheries management in Eastern Maine, bringing together experts from local governments, fishing, science, and academic communities. The conference is the first step toward producing a comprehensive understanding of Eastern Maine’s watersheds, intertidal, nearshore, and offshore ecosystems. Keynote speakers will present their work on each of these ecosystems, including knowledge of governance and socio-economics. The conference will then use breakout discussions to identify gaps in knowledge and next steps. Visit www.stateofthescienceconference.org to learn more.

Lunch & Learns

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

Date: The last Friday of each month, May – October
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: 13 Atlantic Avenue, Stonington
Admission: Free to the public, no registration required
For more information: call (207) 367-2708

Finding Solutions to a Bait ‘Crisis’ in the Iconic Lobster Fishery
Friday, June 28 at 12:30 pm

The lobster sector faces an 80% cut in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) quota due to low spawning biomass. The sharp reduction in quota is expected to cause an acute bait shortage that could have major ramifications for fishermen, increasing the cost and ability to operate. This presentation explores how the lobster fishery is adapting to the shortage and considers what these solutions mean for the ecosystem and the iconic Maine lobster brand.

EM3C: Alphanumeric Soup
Friday, July 26 at 12:30 pm

An ecosystem based approach to fisheries management is a compelling academic idea, and one that has become mandated for federally managed fisheries. Putting concept to action, or transitioning from single species to ecosystem management, proves to be challenging. It is fraught with complexity if we try to manage everything in the ecosystem, or so simplified regulators run the risk of overfishing resources we’ve worked hard to understand and manage well. Come hear about how MCCF is leading a collaborative effort among eastern Maine’s fishermen, their coastal communities, scientists, and resource managers to bring knowledge and experience to develop capacity and a framework for these communities to observe, monitor, and respond to ecosystem changes that effect the fisheries on which we depend.

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.