Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Blog


River Herring Experts Gather for Virtual Meeting

By: Mike Thalhauser, Collaborative Management Specialist, MCCF Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is proud to have co-hosted an online workshop on the state of river herring (alewives) research and management in Maine and New England alongside our partner, Manomet, last month. What led to this you might ask? Well, my friend and colleague Anne… Read more »


Enjoying Sustainable and Locally Harvested Seafood for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches and we’re beginning to make proper preparations for small gatherings with family and friends, including mapping our holiday meals. This year, we’re encouraging you to include locally harvested and sustainable seafood on the menu. Looking to purchase local seafood? Use this seafood guide to find a list of retailers and… Read more »


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 »