Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Blog


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 »


A Single Stop Unlocks the Coast

Virtual reality has come to Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries! Visit Discovery Wharf, our marine education center, located at 13 Atlantic Ave in Stonington. Experience everything from a live touch tank with Maine lobster to a 14-foot interactive touch wall. And now –  our virtual reality exhibit takes you from the depths of cold Maine… Read more »


MCCF Welcomes 2018 Interns

As we gear up for another exciting summer, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) welcomes two new faces as part of our summer internship program. This year we are thrilled to have Sam Frundle, Fisheries Education Intern, and Lexie Elston, Communications Intern, join the team. The two college students will spend their summer interning in… Read more »


OnDeck: Spring Newsletter 2018

From the Wheelhouse Connecting the people who live, work, and recreate on the coast of Maine is what we do at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Since the cold, dark nights of winter, we’ve been listening to community members. From meetups at the Harbor Café in Stonington — where I’ve probably consumed too many burgers… Read more »


Fishermen’s Forum Recap

Fishermen’s Forum Recap: A summary from Executive Director, Paul Anderson. Several of us from Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries made our way to Rockport, Maine to participate in the 43rd annual Fishermen’s Forum earlier this month. While March came in like a lion on the water, with a fierce nor’easter that dropped a “bomb cyclone”… Read more »