MCCF Monthly
July 2022
Captain Leroy Weed is back to answer more of your questions all about Maine's coastal fisheries! With callers from California, Illinois, and our home state of Maine, and questions about the mussel, lobster, and clam fisheries, there's plenty for everyone in this episode.

Have a question about Maine's coastal fisheries that you've been wanting to ask Leroy? Call 224.58.LEROY (224.585.3769), leave your question as a voicemail message, and Leroy will answer it on an upcoming episode of "Ask Leroy!"
As Leroy always says, “There's no dumb question!"
Ruling finds NOAA in violation
of the Endangered Species Act
According to a recent article in the Portland Press Herald, a federal court recently ruled that “federal regulators violated both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act with new regulations that failed to adequately reduce the lobster fishery’s threat to the North Atlantic right whale.” Indeed, the District Court’s ruling last Friday was a “mixed bag.” While environmental groups celebrate a win, the Court did not shut down the fishery, nor did Judge Boasberg prescribe a remedy. The article states that the ruling is the culmination of more than four years of litigation. Stay tuned as remedy briefing schedules must be submitted this week with a status hearing following shortly after. Read more about last week's ruling.
2021 Annual Report Goes Live
Our 2021 Annual Report is now available to view online. Together with our partners and supporters, we’re able to do our important work in securing a diversified fishing future for fishing communities of Eastern Maine. This report highlights our continued and notable collaborative efforts through management, education, and research this past year. We hope you will take a moment to view this report and learn more about how your support and participation is helping us as we work with fishermen and coastal fishing communities.
Upcoming Events
Enjoy this short film that tells the story of many groups coming together to restore fish passage throughout the Bagaduce River Watershed.
A Q&A featuring project partners will follow.
Showing #1
Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm
Blue Hill Public Library
Howard Room
5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill
Free event
Showing #2
Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm
Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial St, Portland
Showing #3
Saturday, August 20 with times to
be announced.
1932 Criterion Theatre
35 Cottage St,
Bar Harbor
Free event
July Lunch and Learn
Our next talk in our online Lunch and Learn series is scheduled for Friday, July 29 at 12:30pm. This month we welcome Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association who will present, "Maine’s Lobstering Heritage is at Risk: What’s Being Done to Protect This Way of Life?" She will address the current state of lobstering in Maine including the serious challenges facing the industry such as federal regulations and off-shore energy projects that threaten the future of Maine’s lobstering heritage.
Be inspired. Fish forever.
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