MCCF Monthly
June 2022
MCCF and Partners Launch New Interpretive Display Highlighting Stonington’s Waterfront History
Community members and guests visiting Stonington can now enjoy a new interpretive display looking out to Stonington Harbor. The four-part display, the newest exhibit at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Discovery Wharf, highlights the commercial fish pier, local granite history, the lobster fishery, and building resilience. 

The display is also one of 45 stops along the Downeast Fisheries Trail, which connects historic and active fisheries sites that illustrate the region’s maritime heritage from Penobscot Bay to Passamaquoddy Bay and builds on these local resources to strengthen community life and the experience of visitors. 

“We are thrilled to share the new interpretive panels at MCCF, a long-time site on the Downeast Fisheries Trail. Stonington is at the heart of Downeast Maine’s rich fishing history. These interpretive panels will help visitors understand how that heritage connects to the larger region, from here to the Canadian Border,” said Natalie Springuel, of Maine Sea Grant and coordinator of the Downeast Fisheries Trail.

Read the full press release here.
Eat Seafood and Eat Local
If you're interested in and concerned about Maine's fisheries as the industry navigates change in the ecosystem, new regulations, and other pressures, you can help by buying and consuming locally harvested and cultured seafood. Maine's seafood is high quality, wholesome and sustainable. We pulled together this guide (see below) of some of the local restaurants and retailers where you can purchase or consume Maine seafood. It may not include all of the sources, but we hope you'll find it helpful so you can enjoy these nutritious and culinary delights.
MCCF Welcomes Colby College Intern
MCCF welcomes Colby College student Ella Webber as she interns in our education center, Discovery Wharf this summer. A native of Colorado and environmental science major, she is passionate about the environment and climate change advocacy. Her interest in the environment was influenced by a personal experience. “Growing up in Boulder, I have experienced the devastating effects of wildfires on both the day-to-day life of humans and the integrity of the natural landscape. I wanted to help protect the landscapes that are important to us and also give back for all the resources those same landscapes provide us with,” shares Ella.

When asked why she wanted to intern with MCCF, she said, “I visit Deer Isle every summer to visit my family, and have always loved the area for all of the boating and beachcombing opportunities. When I saw that you had summer intern positions, I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to spend the summer here. Deer Isle and Stonington are very unique places because of how tied the communities are with the health of the ocean environment, I was very excited to be able to learn how the people here have chosen to protect that vital resource.” Ella hopes to gain insight in how scientific information can be gathered and spread in communities in order to create the best possible policies for fishery management. “These policies must be a two-way street and being able to replicate the work done at MCCF in other locations could be very useful in the management of other community resources.”

When not in the classroom, Ella enjoys supporting the sports teams on campus, hiking, and enjoying both Nordic and alpine skiing during the winter months. Before she heads back to school, she hopes to get out on the clamflats and eat as many steamers as possible. If you visit Discovery Wharf this summer, you'll be welcomed and shown around by Ella. Welcome to the team!
Photo courtesy of Ella Webber
Upcoming Events
"A Watershed Moment" comes to the Opera House in Stonington on Thursday,
June 23 at 7:00pm! Enjoy this free, short film that tells the story of many groups coming together to restore fish passage throughout the Bagaduce River Watershed. A Q&A featuring partners will follow.
Join us on Friday, June 24 at 12:30pm for our online Lunch and Learn, "Live with Leroy –
A Virtual Tour of Discovery Wharf." Come along with us for a virtual tour, a live interview with Captain Leroy Weed and get a sneak peek at the interactive exhibits we have to offer at our waterfront headquarters.
Be inspired. Fish forever.
Your donation will contribute to our summer appeal and support our education center, Discovery Wharf, as well as our staff's field work including
studying lobsters, alewives and groundfish, and offering on-the-water
safety training to students through the Eastern Maine Skipper's Program.

Your generosity helps Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries with our
efforts to secure a sustainable future for fisheries and fishing
communities in Eastern Maine. Tax-friendly options include
gifts of stock, IRA QCDs and DAFs. Thank you!

Please consider donating today. Together we can fish forever.