MCCF Monthly
August 2020
Earlier this month we celebrated local seafood throughout Deer Isle, Stonington, and the Blue Hill Peninsula. A number of area restaurants
and seafood retailers joined in on the fun as well as a number of you. We shared recipes, including another episode of Ask Leroy! where he's in the kitchen, and we celebrated the good work a number of other organizations
are doing to address food insecurity throughout the area. Last, but not least,
we enjoyed a variety of locally harvested seafood with our families and
neighbors. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us.

We continue to encourage you to support Maine fishermen and
eat locally-sourced seafood, not just today, but every day.
Certified Safety Training
Offered for Area Fishermen
Earlier this month, the Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) completed the first of many downeast offerings of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Emergency Drill Conductor Training for the commercial fishing industry. Presented in partnership with McMillan Offshore Survival, the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries grant award from the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, this course will be offered in communities that EMSP serves through its school and organizational program from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border.

This program, modified from its original full day-long format, includes safety and drill component instruction via a dedicated web page combined with a six hour practicum that has been modified for consideration of mitigating COVID-19 protocols. The program covers equipment, procedures and behavioral considerations for fire, flooding, man overboard, and abandoning ship. This training is required to obtain a State of Maine lobster license and one person must be trained on each vessel fishing in federal waters.

Participants included local students seeking a lobster license, a lobster apprentice license applicant, and a future marine researcher attending college in Maine. The weather was warm and sunny and course instructor, John McMillan kept the day moving right along with valuable information delivered with a sense of humor and seriousness in equal, but appropriate measure.
Place Your Bid to
Support Our Organization
Private clambake for a small group? Sailboat trip around the island? Gorgeous Shari Ciomei painting to add to your growing art collection? Fresh local seafood? You can enjoy the best of Maine and all for a good cause. These are all things you can bid on right now up until September 1 while supporting our important work. Join us for our online auction and one (or more) of the items could be yours! Please place your bid online today.
Restoration Projects Along the
Bagaduce River Go Full Steam Ahead
We've got some big news featuring our partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust and work in the Bagaduce River and its surrounding communities to restore fish passage to a keystone species important to Maine’s marine ecosystem. You can read the full article about this collaborative effort including why these efforts matter and what's next. Three ponds down and two to go!
Upcoming Events
Climate Change in the
Gulf of Maine

Wednesday, August 26 at
4:30 pm via Zoom

Hosted by the Chase Emerson Memorial Library

There is an often used statistic in the popular and scientific press that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 98% of the world’s oceans. Less often, do we read about what is causing this warming and why it appears to be happening so much faster here. Please join us as Dr. Carla Guenther, Chief Scientist, MCCF, describes the changes we are observing in the Gulf of Maine.
Lunch & Learn
How Does Aquaculture
Fit in Eastern Maine?

Friday, August 28 at
12:30 pm via Zoom

A panel of several aquaculturists will share their experience as growers of various types of seafood in Hancock County as well as describe their facilities and practices. A moderated discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities faced while establishing and operating their businesses. We'll also discuss the integration of these operations with traditional working waterfront activities including commercial fishing.
Be inspired. Fish forever.
Every day, Maine fishermen are working in unpredictable elements to bring fresh seafood to the tables of many. Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries continues efforts to secure a sustainable future for fisheries and fishing communities in Eastern Maine and beyond. We are taking collective actions that include the knowledge of fishermen, the findings of scientists and partnerships with regulatory authorities, at all levels, to make sure we can
keep fishing alive for today and for tomorrow’s fishery stewards.

We know that these are unprecedented times. If you are able to give,
please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

Together we can fish forever.