Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Blog


COVID-19 Updates from MCCF I Part Two

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, Maine’s commercial fishing industry has experienced a decrease in demand in both domestic and international markets. While Maine is beginning to see a slow increase in demand and the push for direct sales has offered some relief, fishermen along Maine’s coast are still struggling. Some decided to… Read more »


MCCF Welcomes Bowdoin Intern

  Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is excited to welcome new intern, Alexis Mullen, a rising sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Alexis has a few months before she has to declare a major, (she is leaning towards Earth and Oceanographic Sciences and Latin American studies), but until then, she will spend the… Read more »


COVID-19 Updates from MCCF

  In recent weeks Maine’s commercial fishing industry has experienced a sudden pause. Bustling fish piers with overflowing parking lots are empty. Fishing vessels waiting to be pulled for spring maintenance sit untouched at their moorings. Businesses along the coastline have ceased operations and closed their doors to protect the safety of their communities. Various… Read more »


Giving Thanks

2019 has been a year of opportunity for Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Not only have we overcome routine transition challenges, but have implemented changes to programs that make us stronger and more sustainable. How did we do that? We engaged many donors and partners in conversation and listened to their feedback. We ventured outside… Read more »


Community Resilience Depends on Affordable Licensing

The Maine Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) Scallop Advisory Council is scheduled to meet over the course of the next 12 months to define an apprenticeship program for new licenses to enter the state scallop fishery. Apprenticeship programs are used in many skilled industries, but unique in Maine’s application to commercial fisheries. Apprenticeship programs provide… Read more »


Students Experience Fisheries Industry First-hand

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries welcomed two additional interns to the team this summer. Ellie Oldach, a graduate student at UC Davis, is working side-by-side with MCCF’s cooperating scientist, Dr. Josh Stoll to better understand how the lobster industry is adapting to herring quota cuts. Also, high school student, Phoebe Weil, spent the last month… Read more »


Skipper Students go International

Immediately following final presentations in May, seven Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) students, as well as teachers, chaperones, and EMSP staff, struck off for a 5-day trip to explore Canada’s lobster fishery in Prince Edward Island (PEI). The opportunity allowed the traveling skippers to compare first hand, Maine’s lobster fishery to PEI’s. Organized by Rural… Read more »


Sentinel Survey Intrigues Local Fishermen

The last time anyone set a gillnet for groundfish out of Stonington, MCCF’s Fisheries Scientist Pat Shepard was in kindergarten. He recalls going on a trip with Captain Brent Oliver in the early 90’s. He was too little to be out on deck while they were fishing so he stayed in the wheelhouse and took… Read more »


Ten Questions With Tom Duym

Ten Questions with Tom Duym A Q&A with Tom Duym, the Fisheries Education Specialist at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Tom started with our team this summer, after years of teaching within the Eastern Maine Skippers Program at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. He has 37 years of experience in public vocational education. His experience runs… Read more »


The Times They Are A-Changin’

When Bob Dylan released his album The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1964, I don’t imagine sea level rise was on his mind.  Although the opening verse of the title song tells us to “admit that the waters around you have grown” and we’d “better start swimmin’” or we’ll “sink like a stone.” Dylan’s metaphors… Read more »