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Maine Fishermen’s Forum Virtual Events for 2021

Date Event For more information
May 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Live Aquaculture Tours via Zoom

Live Aquaculture Tours!

Take a virtual tour of two sea farms and get an inside view of aquaculture in Maine! The team behind Aquaculture in Shared Waters – a training program that provides fishermen and others in the working waterfront with a foundation in aquaculture – will be holding a live field trip on Zoom next week, open to all. Register here:

Coast Guard Safety at Sea Presentation held March 4th, 2021

Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in America.  The Coast Guard Safety at Sea Presentation which aired on March 4, 2021 explained several simple precautions which can dramatically improve your chances of surviving an accident at sea and coming home safely to your family.

If you missed it, please click on this link to see it:  Commercial Fishing Safety

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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