MCCF Monthly
October 2021
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries coordinates the Eastern Gulf of Maine Sentinel Survey, gathering information about populations of Atlantic cod and other groundfish on the coastal shelf. Samples collected are used by various partner scientists to improve our understanding of stock structure and predator/prey interactions. In this video, you'll see and hear from Robyn Linner, Graduate Student of UMaine Orono, as she demonstrates and describes the process of sampling and measuring cod on the Sentinel Survey. Special thanks to Robyn, as well as Ben Hardy, Captain F/V Faye Renae; Pat Shepard, Collaborative Research Specialist, MCCF; and Will Sturgeon, Summer Intern, MCCF. Produced by Tate Yoder, Media Specialist, MCCF
Owning up to our part in the plight
of the North Atlantic right whale
This article was originally shared in the Portland Herald Press
"It’s time we all own up to the plight of the North Atlantic right whale. Fishing industry advocates, conservationists and editorial boards have all weighed in on the controversy around the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s newly announced and stiffer than-expected restrictions on lobster and crab fishing in the Gulf of Maine. These are intended to stave off the extinction of the North Atlantic right whale by lowering entanglement risks. Emotions run high on both sides of the issue, as the fishing industry argues it is being unfairly targeted just as conservation groups say the regulations don’t go far enough."

The recently published commentary was written by two highly respected researchers - Dr. Rick Wahle, Research Professor at the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine and Director at the Lobster Institute and Dr. Bob Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences at the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. The commentary provides some important insight into the North Atlantic right whale situation. Read the full op-ed on the Portland Press Herald.
MCCF Online Auction: Bidding is Open
MCCF's online auction is LIVE! Get ahead on your holiday shopping, start planning your next Maine vacation, or treat yourself. This is a great way to support our work to sustain our fishing communities. View 61 items and begin bidding on the array of exciting experiences, unique gift items, art, and tasty treats. Bidding closes Sunday, October 24 at 8:00pm.

Auction items include: a two-hour boat ride and summer picnic, white water rafting, unique wine offerings and tastings, tour the Stonington Fire House, various gift baskets, and so much more!

We’d like to thank this year’s online auction sponsors: Camden National Bank, Island Fishermen's Wives, Island Fishing Gear & NAPA Auto, Leaf & Anna, Puzzlewood Builders, and Seaside Pharmacy, and to MCCF Board Member Joan Sorensen for her assistance.
Celebrate National Seafood Month
Briny oysters, buttery lobsters, clam chowder, oh my! Did you know October is National Seafood Month? We want to take a moment to recognize all of the fishermen who work year-round to provide the best sustainable seafood that is both farmed and wild-caught off the coast of Maine.

Seafood not only has an abundance of nutrients, but is a healthy source of protein with low levels of fat. According to Seafood Health Facts, "Seafood contains a high-quality protein that includes all of the essential amino acids for human health, making it a complete protein source."

Commercial fishing also plays a critical role in Maine's economy and is what keeps coastal communities thriving from the many seafood eateries and retail shops, to the various shipyards and engine repair shops scattered along the coast and beyond.

Here at MCCF, we celebrate seafood every day, and we hope you'll join us. Visit your seafood retailer to see what's in season and learn how to prepare your purchase at home, support local fishermen and purchase seafood directly from licensed fishermen in your community, and enjoy local and sustainable seafood at your favorite restaurant. As the weather cools down, we hope you enjoy the popular chowder recipe below by Stonington fisherman and MCCF Board Member, Brent Oliver.
October Lunch & Learn
Join us on Friday, October 29 at 12:30pm for our LAST online Lunch & Learn of the year, "Much Ado About the North Atlantic Right Whale: But What Do We Know?" We have seen a lot of headlines about this imperiled large marine mammal and how its conservation intersects with managing Maine’s iconic lobster fishery. Fresh from the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium we will learn what there is to know from scientists who study this beast of the news cycle. MCCF's Chief Scientist, Dr. Carla Guenther will moderate a one-hour discussion with guests panelists including, Erin Summers, Director of Biomonitoring & Assessment Division, Maine DMR; Nick Record, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; and Tim Cole (pictured), Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA. Photo credit: NOAA
MCCF's Lunch & Learn Talk Series is proudly sponsored by: 
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.

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Together we can fish forever.