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Maine Fishermen’s Forum Virtual Events for April  2021

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Wed, April 14th, 2:00 PM Shellfish Day #3
In 2020, the soft-shell clam fishery was the second highest value commercial fishery in Maine, netting over $15 million in revenue, yet there is not broad awareness about what it takes to dig clams and bring them to the market. During this event we will learn from harvesters, shellfish buyers, retailers, and others in the supply chain about shellfish markets, challenges in the fishery, and opportunities for expanding markets for soft-shell clams, quahogs (hard clams), razor clams, and other shellfish in Maine, New England, and beyond. While this conversation will inform people from outside the industry, this webinar will also engage in topics within the industry, such as factors affecting market price, market shifts resulting from COVID-related restaurant restrictions, and new potential opportunities to export products to the European Union.

How to join: This will be an online meeting using Zoom software. Pre-registration is not necessary. If you have technical issues joining the meeting, please call the University of Maine Help Desk on (207) 581-2506.

• Use this link to join the event on your computer or smartphone: https://maine.zoom.us/j/89332975035?pwd=d04zb0lWclFtc3dMWTdSdXNDUkpCdz09

• To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592 and enter the Meeting ID: 893 3297 5035 and Passcode: 116603

Fri, April 23rd, 4:00 PM Shellfish Day #3 Radio Rebroadcast In 2020, the soft-shell clam fishery was the second highest value commercial fishery in Maine, netting over $15 million in revenue, yet there is not broad awareness about what it takes to dig clams and bring them to the market. During this event we will learn from harvesters, shellfish buyers, retailers, and others in the supply chain about shellfish markets, challenges in the fishery, and opportunities for expanding markets for soft-shell clams, quahogs (hard clams), razor clams, and other shellfish in Maine, New England, and beyond. While this conversation will inform people from outside the industry, this webinar will also engage in topics within the industry, such as factors affecting market price, market shifts resulting from COVID-related restaurant restrictions, and new potential opportunities to export products to the European Union.

This is a Radio Rebroadcast of this event.

DMR Lobster Science Session held April 8th, 2021

Maine DMR research staff collected data on the lobster population at different life stages through multiple long-term monitoring programs including the commercial landings, commercial sea sampling, Ventless Trap Survey, Inshore Trawl Survey, and Settlement Survey. In 2020, additional projects continued for maturity determination and a larval lobster survey. DMR staff presented the results of these monitoring programs in 2020 and how 2020 compares in the context of previous years in a virtual webinar.

Did you miss this event?  Luckily, we have the presentation right here for you!

Lobster Science Session Link

Scholarship Drawing Winners

23 Students received scholarship awards this year.  The list is available here:  Scholarship Winners (Word) (PDF)

2021 Virtual Event – Young Fishermen

The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is committed to be a resource for all fishermen and those in the industry. We are particularly interested in supporting Maine’s next fishing generation. In 2021, we conducted the Future of Fishing Video Challenge and Seminar. We launched the event in February with a request for video submissions from young fishermen and aired the videos during our March seminar, highlighting active industry members from Portland to Jonesboro, ages 8 to 31. We heard that the next generation is interested in learning more technical and practical skills (such as tying knots, studying the bottom, advice on trap types, and learning more about rules and regulations), how to ensure the future of the industry (ocean stewardship, how to save working waterfronts), and most importantly, who they can lean on in their communities for advice. 

We will use this information to create sessions during the 2022 Fishermen’s Forum to continue this conversation and support generations to come. In the meantime, enjoy the videos!

First Name Last Name Location Age Fisheries Video Links
Alex Larrabee Stonington 8 Lobster Alex’s Interview
Chris Shahan Stonington 16 Lobster Chris’ Interview
Heron Wagner Brooklin/Hampden 16 Lobster Heron’s Interview
Jarvis Eaton Deer Isle 14 Lobster Jarvis’ Interview
Joey Conroy Portland 24 Mussels, Kelp Joey’s Interview
Kelly Hinkle Fish out of Addison, lives in Columbia Falls 29 Lobster, Seaweed, Pogies Kelly’s Interview
Luke Getto Stonington 14 Lobster, Tuna Luke’s Interview
Rebekah Hodgson Jonesboro 31 Lobster, clams Rebekah’s Interview
Sadie Samuels Rockport 29 Lobster Sadie’s Interview
Warren Young Seal Cove 20 Lobster Warren’s Interview

 Four Course Cooking Demonstration Recipes

On March 5th the Forum sponsored a “Four Course Cooking Demonstration” which provided a unique opportunity to learn about cooking various seafood dishes.  Chef Patrick Vigue showed his techniques in preparing a variety of delicious recipes using oysters, mussels, hake, salmon, lobster and clams.

A video of the cooking show can be seen here:  Cooking Video

Copies of the recipes can be found here: Recipes (Word)  Recipes (PDF)

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