Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Blog


Community Rallies Behind Skippers

The 2017-2018 Eastern Maine Skippers Program got off to a grand start on Tuesday, September 26 with the largest event in program history. Over 150 students, presenters, staff, and members of the media converged at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor for a day of team building, connecting, and learning. Guided by this year’s overarching… Read more »


Carlos Rafael: The mosquitoes are buzzing

On Monday, September 25, Carlos Rafael of New Bedford will be sentenced for what will go down as one of the largest commercial fishing violations in United States history. In Monday’s criminal sentencing, the forfeiture of some of Rafael’s vessels and groundfish permits, as well as jail time and restitution, will be decided on by… Read more »


Blog | Teaching the Teachers: Eastern Maine Skippers Program gathers for annual Summer Institute

  The Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) descended on George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill for the annual Summer Institute, a professional development opportunity for EMSP teachers. The workshop brought together EMSP teachers from North Haven, Deer Isle-Stonington, Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island, Sumner, Narraguagus, and Jonesport-Beals to prepare for the upcoming school year. Planning efforts… Read more »


Blog | The 5 W’s of the Sentinel Survey

The Sentinel Survey is just one part of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ (MCCF) methodical approach to groundfish research and policy over the past 14 years. At MCCF, we use local knowledge to create conditions for groundfish stocks to recover, while also working to regain access rights for local fishermen. Who works on the survey?… Read more »


Blog | There is so much I can learn

Reflections from Incoming Executive Director, Paul Anderson: There is so much that I can learn from fishermen. I could spend years in the best library reading Bigelow and Schroeder and countless books on navigation, physical oceanography, and knot tying and still be ignorant about what really goes on every day as thousands of fishing boats… Read more »


Sailboat Raffle!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROGER OF CAMDEN, MAINE WINNER OF THIS 22-FT. CLASSIC WHITEHALL SAILBOAT “Nonpareil” cedar over oak. Lapstrake rowing/sailing classic with centerboard and two rowing stations. Sliding Gunther jig. Built in Rockport, Maine in 1992. From circa 1850 plans from the Chappelle/Gardner collection, based on San Francisco Bay lighthouse tender by Twigg. Full equipped: two… Read more »


Blog | Criteria for Scallop License Entry

  For the first time in nearly a decade, new scallop licenses may become available and we are seeking your suggestions on entry into this important winter fishery. The state legislature, which issued a moratorium on scallop licenses back in 2009, has tasked the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) with developing a well thought-out proposal… Read more »


Blog | One of those days: highlights from the water

Blog by Mattie Rodrigue, Graduate Researcher: For the last three years, collecting data for the Sentinel Survey has yielded a slew of “flashbulb” moments. From wrangling enormous halibut, to reaching double-digit catch levels of cod at a single station, to pulling up hook after hook of absolutely nothing; the highs and lows, catches, and zero-catches… Read more »


Blog | Fishermen Spotlight

  With Fishermen’s Day upon us in Stonington, we reflect on the fishermen that work alongside our team at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. We were founded in 2003 on the principle that the only way the resources of the oceans will be protected and sustained is through joint stakeholder stewardship; the collective action of… Read more »


Blog | What’s in the Tank?

  Visit Discovery Wharf to Find Out What’s in the Tank?  Since Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Discovery Wharf has opened for the summer, more than 1,000 guests have walked through the doors to visit our touch tank and explore the many creatures living in the Gulf of Maine waters. According to the Maine Department… Read more »