Tag Archives: Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Lobstermen cheered! LePage removes lobster fee increase from proposed budget

Lobstermen cheered Saturday when Gov. Paul LePage announced at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum that he was pulling an increase in the lobster fishing license fee out of his proposed state budget. The extra money was going to be used to fund new lobster research, new technology for state fisheries researchers and raises for Maine Marine Patrol officers, among other things.,, Under the proposed fee increases, a lobsterman with two deckhands would have paid $114 more a year for his license, bringing the cost of securing a license to more than $1,000 for the first time. Read the story here 16:47

At the Maine Fishermen’s Forum: Lobstermen work with state on new penalties for violations

Enforcement of marine resource laws was the top concern when lobstermen met with state regulators March 3 at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and Col. Jon Cornish of the Maine Marine Patrol met with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association in a packed meeting room at the Samoset Resort to talk about the state’s efforts to improve enforcement of marine resource laws. “You guys don’t agree on much,” moderator Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association said, earning a laugh from the gathered fishermen. She said the common ground the fishermen had found was their concern about violations. “Lobstermen deserve to work on a level playing field,” she said, but violations make that field unfair, and there was concern the penalties have not been severe enough to deter illegal activity. Work had begun long before the forum with a survey of lobstermen in the association and throughout the fishing industry to see what their top priorities were in terms of enforcement. The results of that survey led to a bill going before the Maine Legislature to improve the state’s lobster laws. continue reading the story here 10:08

The Maine Fishermen’s Forum on tap March 2-4 in Rockport

The 42nd annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is coming up March 2-4 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. It will feature three days of commercial fishing industry seminars, a trade show, and socializing and networking opportunities. The forum will host fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government and other stakeholders to collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, the latest in technology, the environment and more. Over 120 suppliers of commercial fishing equipment and services exhibit at the forum each year. Continue reading the story here, and visit the Maine Fishermen’s Forum website here 13:10

Ret Talbot – Fishery Data versus Anecdote through the Lens of Sector Management

untitled ret talbotAt this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, many old themes are the topic of current conversations. Fisheries managers and scientists point to data that show a fishery resource squarely on the ropes, while many in the fishing industry maintain that there are more fishes in the water than any time in recent memory. Industry often views the current management system as one that forces fishers into a situation where they are “constantly trying not to catch fish” due to quotas imposed by managers based on science the industry views as suspect. The discrepancy between industry and managers–between anecdote and data–is troubling and continues to foment mistrust, frustration and outright anger. Read the rest here 13:19

‘Questioning our Changing Oceans’ panel discussion at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Forum2016colorThe Maine Fishermen’s Forum will be hosting a fishermen led event focused on fostering a salty discussion around climate change in fisheries. Headlined by Capt. Keith Coburn of the hit show Deadliest Catch and Capt. Buddy Guindon of the new breakout hit Big Fish, Texas, fishermen from around the world have been collected to talk about their experiences on the water and bring to light the issues Maine fishermen need to be thinking about when it comes to a shifting Gulf of Maine ecosystem. The Questioning our Changing Oceans event is sponsored in part by The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, The Environmental Defense Fund, The Island Institute, and The Nature Conservancy. Read the rest here 09:57

Future of shrimp fishery debated at Fishermen’s Forum

maineshrimp_courtesyofC_SchmidtCommercial shrimp fishermen who already have gone two years without a harvest shared sharply divided opinions about the future of their fishery Saturday at the 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum. “I think there’s too much regulation going on,” Jim Hanscom of Bar Harbor said. “Pitting fishermen against fishermen is just no good. Limited entry, it’s just cutting people out … I think it’s foolish. Maybe just leave it alone, and let it be.” Read the rest here 20:52

Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative plan will start with upscale restaurants

Collaborative leaders and their advertising agency outlined the new marketing plan Friday at the Maine Fishermen Forum. The plan starts by focusing on upscale restaurants in the Northeast, and working with well-known chefs to get them to use and talk about live Maine lobster. The prime marketing focus will be to increase demand and price for soft-shell – what the ad agency calls “new shell” — lobsters. Video, Read the rest here 13:33

40 Years of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Forum2015_noboxofcolor“We had an industry that was nearly unregulated—nobody had experience dealing with regulators. People were being thrust into this world where the government would have a large say in how their lives ran,” said Jim Wilson. Wilson attended a meeting of fishermen in Rhode Island, and when he returned to Maine, he came up with the idea for the Maine Fishermen’s Forum (Click here). “The idea of the forum was to build a community that could start to prepare for this brave new world.” Read the rest here 10:19

A Rundown of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2014

The T-shirts said it all – “Commercial Fisherman: Proudly Feeding America.” “Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Together We Persevere.” “Fish Forever.” There was an aura of feistiness at the 39th Maine Fishermen’s Forum last weekend, as fishermen of all stripes, government officials, environmentalists and business people came together to discuss the current state of fishing in New England.  Read more here  thefreepress  12:53

“Deadliest Catch” star meets with Maine fishermen – Video

ROCKPORT, Maine(NEWS CENTER) —  Maine commercial fishermen had a chance to meet one of their industry celebrities on Thursday and found out he knows a little bit about Maine fishing. Captain Keith Colburn is owner and captain of the fishing vessel “Wizard,” and is one of the stars of the TV show, “The Deadliest Catch.” Read more here  22:34

Deadliest Catch’ reality TV star hauls in big audience at Rockport fishing talk – Read more here at BDN  08:46

‘Deadliest Catch’ captain to speak at fishermen’s forum in Rockland

BDNROCKPORT, Maine — The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is known for having a full slate of seminars about new regulations, marketing strategies, management, fishing techniques and other related topics. This year, forum organizers are going the extra mile to bring in some entertainment, too. Read [email protected]  06:37

Maine Fishermen’s Forum starts today in Rockport

38th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum The 2013 Forum will be held on February 28, March 1st, & 2nd at the Samoset Resort. Read more here at the Forum Home Page