Upcoming Events

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

Climate Convergence Conference

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine

Convergence is the key to the event: the convergence of the different generations, the convergence between the Physical and Social Sciences, and the convergence among organizations willing to champion science and acknowledge that life on earth is in jeopardy. The day-long, climate change-focused conference will feature presentations to the general assembly, workshops, lunch, music, art and student projects.

The conference is convened by the Climate Awareness Initiative of Reversing Falls Sanctuary, in conjunction with Americans Who Tell the Truth. To register please visit, https://www.reversingfalls.org/climate-convergence-conference.

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.