MCCF Monthly
December 2020
We're excited to announce that we will be making some updates to
our website. These changes will better reflect our current programming
and projects and make navigation more user-friendly. Please keep checking back in the coming weeks as we add new content, resources, and provide website guests with a better online experience.

2020 has been a challenge for Maine fishermen and industry-related businesses. It has also been a year of opportunities. Earlier this month we successfully raised $12,175 on Giving Tuesday because of YOU! Together we continue to stay resilient, and because of your support, MCCF is able to continue its mission and collaborative approach to sustainable and diversified fisheries, and coastal communities. We want to wish all of our supporters, partners, volunteers, and friends a safe and healthy holiday season.
Gratitude and Excitement for
Outgoing and Incoming Board Members
The MCCF team would like to express our gratitude to two departing board members for their dedication to MCCF and the fishing industry through their own work. We would like to recognize Jim Wilson, an economist in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His heavy involvement in the industry consisted of chairing the committee that established the system of zones and local governance in the Maine lobster fishery, was a co-founder of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, and much more. Robert “Bob” Steneck a professor at the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences, has worked throughout his career with Maine lobstermen. Some of his recent work explores the social and ecological consequences of the Gulf of Maine’s current alternative stable-state, a marine community dominated by lobster instead of cod. Both Jim and Bob served nine years on MCCF’s Board of Directors as well as sitting on various committees within the organization.

We are also very excited to welcome four new board members who bring a variety of skills and expertise to the organization. These members include long-term fundraising consultant and MCCF donor and supporter, Joan Sorensen of Rhode Island and Deer Isle, Maine DMR scientist Carl Wilson, and fishermen David Thomas of Islesford, and Dave Tarr of Brooklin. You can learn more about new members on our Board of Director's page.
Strategic Plan Available Online
Our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan is available on our website for those interested in reading about where the organization is going, why this approach, and what's next. You can read the full plan, which also documents our collaborative approach to Maine's fisheries and coastal communities including organizational goals and much more.

The documents was created with a hands-on approach including input from both MCCF staff and board members. If you have questions about this document, please don't hesitate to reach out.
There's Still Time.
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. You can help us close 2020 favorably. We’re looking for 20 donors, who will contribute $20 each month in 2021, for a total gift of $240. Won’t you help us? It’s easy. Sign up here and your donation will automatically come from your credit card each month. Just check the recurring gift box.

You can also make a gift in someone's honor or memory. In addition, some supporters have been making donations to MCCF, in lieu of holiday gifts to family and friends. We know that these are unprecedented times. If you are able to give, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. To learn more and make your gift of support please visit our giving page.
Upcoming Events

Aquaculture Lease Hearing Learning Session
Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Pre-registration is required. Sign-up here.

Offshore Wind Research Array Webinars
Open to the fishing industry and general public
Sessions will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 15;
Wednesday, December 16; Thursday, December 17; Tuesday, December 22
To learn more and register click here.