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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
As the state halibut season sets to close, our community reflects on a changing year in the fishery. Eastern Maine saw lower state halibut landings and price for the season, a colder spring leading up, and those on the water noticed ramped up enforcement on the three-mile line. The three-mile line divides state and… Read more »
How can a name – a singular item – encapsulate the complexity of an organization? For months our staff pondered the words that would best capture our work. On March 1, 2017, we said goodbye to our name of 14 years, Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC). Though our name has changed, our vision has… Read more »
Spring in Maine means alewives, a species of river herring, are swimming from the ocean to freshwater ponds and lakes to spawn. These little fish and their yearly migration are at the center of connecting onshore communities and the marine ecosystems on which coastal Maine relies. In the Bagaduce Watershed, fishermen and community members like Bailey… Read more »
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