MCCF Monthly
June 2020
Summer has arrived here on Maine's coast and while it's not the kind of summer we are used to, we remain hopeful for the future. Here at
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF), our team is slowly and safely transitioning from our home offices to our waterfront office. As we
re-discover a sense of normalcy, we continue to urge you to support Maine fishermen and seafood businesses by buying local seafood - fresh halibut, the iconic lobster, delicious clams, and other seasonal offerings.

This month's edition takes an up-close look at recent alewife numbers
and spotlights an Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) student who recently placed in a local competition. We also introduce our summer
intern, Alexis on our blog, and make an exciting announcement about
our new video projects that YOU can enjoy from home, and more.
Read about all of the exciting things happening at MCCF below!
Bagaduce Alewife Update
With spring coming to an end, so ends another annual run of alewives into our communities. Of course this isn’t an end point by any means. Soon millions of eggs will hatch in local ponds, juvenile fish will emerge and spend the summer feeding and growing, before leaving on an epic journey out into the open ocean, where they will feed our coastal ecosystems and in a few years, return home. This swimming connection between the sea and our communities did not go unnoticed this year. Around 15 local alewife committee members and volunteers spent hundreds of hours counting fish and taking scale samples in order to estimate the size of the run and document the health of the fish. And in the four years since the towns of Brooksville, Sedgwick, and Penobscot have been formally working together to steward and manage their fisheries, we’ve never seen so many fish. Between the three ponds that have alewives in the Bagaduce River Drainage, we estimate that over half a million fish returned in 2020! Volunteers, along with Maine DMR, also stocked the two remaining ponds that have hosted alewives in the past and where fishways will be restored over the next two years. This incredible example of shared ownership and responsibility for our fisheries truly is co-management. The three-town alewife committee and MCCF want to thank all of the volunteers and partners who are making this happen. See you next year, Alewives!
MCCF Welcomes Bowdoin Intern
MCCF is excited to welcome new summer intern, Alexis Mullen, a rising sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Alexis has a few months before she has to declare a major, (she is leaning towards Earth and Oceanographic Sciences and Latin American studies), but until then, she will spend the summer interning in Stonington with guidance from the MCCF team and assisting with various projects.

Read more about Alexis and her summer plans in Stonington here.
EMSP Student Recognized
in Local Competition
Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) student, Gavin Eaton, an incoming sophomore at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, was recently awarded third place in a local competition. Gavin, who joined EMSP in September, was encouraged by his teachers to submit his class project to the Pioneer Prize, a software program competition for teenagers in the Blue Hill Peninsula and surrounding towns. With the guidance of Tom Duym, MCCF’s Fisheries Education Specialist, Gavin built a power plant consisting of a 48-volt electric motor and a cluster of four 12-volt batteries.

When asked about his experience, Gavin shared, “I was really surprised that I was selected as a winner. Most of the other kids did coding projects and created apps. So, I wasn’t sure my project would fit what the judges were looking for. It’s been a great experience! I’ve had a lot of fun and would definitely do it again.”
Video Series Launched to
Showcase Maine's Fisheries
Due to the global pandemic and taking precautions for the safety of our community and staff, MCCF has spent the last few months brainstorming ways to connect with community members, summer visitors, supporters, and friends while we can't be together in person. We're excited to announce that our educational programming is now available online! This includes our annual Lunch & Learn talk series, which can be found on our YouTube channel and website (coming soon).

We're also excited to announce our new online series, Ask Leroy! You may remember Captain Leroy Weed, who could be found in our interactive center, Discovery Wharf, educating and entertaining guests. Each week Leroy will take questions from callers who want to learn more about commercial fishing in Maine. He'll also share some stories from his own on-the-water experiences. A new episode will be aired every Friday throughout the summer. You can catch the first episode here, which premiered last week. Don't forget to submit your questions by calling 224.58.LEROY (224.585.3769).
Upcoming Events
Lunch & Learn: A Summer Talk Series
No 'Plaice' Like It:
Halibut Science in Maine

Friday, June 26 at 12:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Bill DeVoe, Halibut Biologist and GIS Technology Coordinator, Maine Department of Marine Resources

This month’s talk will cover the basic aspects of Atlantic halibut biology and management within the Gulf of Maine. Additionally, Bill will share results from DMR’s 20-year tagging program and more. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions during and after the talk. Spots are limited and registration is required, so sign up today!
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 .