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 on the last Friday of each month 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

Friday, May 25

Navigating uncharted waters in the Bagaduce

How three towns are tackling co-management. The commitment of rural Maine communities to monitor, manage, and harvest alewife populations.


Mike Thalhauser, Fisheries Science and Leadership Advisor

Mike Thalhauser heads up Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ efforts in the Bagaduce Estuary, focused on alewife restoration and co-management of the resource. Before coming to Maine, Mike worked as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Manager in Anchorage, Prince William Sound, and the North Gulf Coast. Mike is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, and holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology.


Friday, June 29

A tale of two crustaceans

Climate change and the effect on lobster and shrimp. How two of Maine fisheries have been impacted by climate in very different ways.


Carla Guenther, PhD, Senior Scientist

After studying lobster behavior at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Carla Guenther decided to test the waters of Baja California, Mexico. Inspired by fishermen’s level of organization and management structure, Carla went on to gain her PhD in Marine Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Educated in oceanography, ecology, and anthropology, she approaches fisheries management with a focus on fishing communities.


Friday, July 27

Plastic, not so fantastic? 

What really happens to the plastic you just used? Global plastic production, disposal, and microplastic as a pollutant in the ocean – and why it is concerning for human and ocean health.


Abby Barrows, Marine Research Scientist

Abby Barrows grew up in Stonington, and plans to obtain her Master’s degree from the College of the Atlantic ’18. She’s directed global microplastic research since 2013, developing the most diverse and largest known dataset available to-date and publishing three papers. When not studying plastics, you can find her out on her oyster farm in Deer Isle.



Friday, August 31

Why a lobster roll may cost you $40

The research behind global lobster trade and coastal economies.


Joshua Stoll, Cooperating Scientist
Assistant Research Professor, University of Maine

Joshua Stoll is a Downeast native, who has spent time lobstering. He has a keen interest in marine policy entrepreneurship, co-management, ocean governance, and seafood distribution and trade. His research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and social-ecological dynamics, and includes the study of American lobster trade routes to China.

Friday, September 28

A fish is a fish is a fish, or is it?

How does aquaculture fit in Maine’s fishing communities?


Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Paul Anderson has 30 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources. He spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (“SEANET”) and Director of the Aquaculture Research Network at the University of Maine.


Friday, October 26

Why give a dam(n)?

How do species coexist? From beaver dams to alewife migration, to groundfish populations. Why we need restoration and research to support Maine’s changing ecosystem.


Patrick Shepard, Fisheries and Seafood Associate

Patrick Shepard grew up in a Stonington fishing family and has a B.S. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. He runs the Sentinel Survey, an annual survey of groundfish populations in Eastern Maine. He also manages the Northeast Coastal Communities Sector, a federally-sanctioned organization of fishermen with federal groundfish permits.