The first day of the Forum will kick-off on Thursday, March 5 with Shellfish Focus Day, co-sponsored by the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Shellfish Advisory Council. Shellfish harvesters and industry members will gather for a day of seminars focusing on science and management of different species, community and outreach efforts to support the industry, and end with a poster session and networking hour. MCCF staff will be in attendance talking with harvesters and participating in the various seminars being offered. The full agenda can be viewed
The Eastern Maine Skippers Program will participate in a poster session on Friday, March 6, where they will present about opportunities and issues that may affect the status of commercial fisheries in their communities. Fishermen and industry members are invited to talk with the students and share their expertise on the topics presented. This session will kickoff at 1:00 in the Rockport Room.
Join the MCCF team directly after in the Golf Club Clubhouse at 2:45 for "
Maine Fishermen: Collecting Fisheries Data Since 1607." In this seminar, we will hear from three fishermen involved in collaborative research projects across a variety of fisheries. This session is moderated by MCCF's Patrick Shepard with an impressive panel, including Matt Trundy, Bailey Bowden, Curt Brown, and Anna Mercer.
Don't forget to visit the MCCF booth where our team will be on-hand to talk all things fisheries and we'll have our 2019 Annual Report available!
The three-day event brings together fishermen, industry stakeholders, and community members from the New England region and beyond, and offers a wide-variety of educational seminars, networking opportunities, and more.