Apply for a Scholarship
We encourage all eligible secondary school students from Maine fishing families to apply for a Maine Fishermen’s Forum scholarship. Candidates must complete the Forum application, be in at least their second year of college or a vocational school, and submit a transcript along with the application.
Each year at the Forum the directors announce scholarship recipients at the Saturday evening banquet event. Funding for these awards is donated by Forum attendees, fishermen, and organizations.
Donate to the 2024 Scholarship Fund
Our annual silent auction on Thursday evening and our live auction on Friday evening raise money for scholarships for secondary school students from Maine fishing families. 100% of the money raised in our auctions goes to students.
Please consider making a cash contribution to the fund, or donate an item to the auction. Your donation to our 501(c)(3) is tax deductible.
The mission of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum is to provide opportunities on a continuous basis to educate the public and the fishing industry about fisheries and marine resource issues, and to provide a neutral platform for constructive discussion and decision making. Each year, the Forum offers three days of free seminars for fishermen covering a wide range of topics such as the health of the lobster resource, commercial fishing safety, upcoming regulatory actions, and much more.
Seeking Submissions for Shellfish-focused Poster and Networking Session
The Shellfish Advisory Council (ShAC) and the Maine Shellfish Co-Management Initiative are hosting a poster and networking session from 2:30-4:00 PM on February 29th.
Posters, pictures/videos, research gear or monitoring equipment, reports, manuals, and curriculum are welcome.
If you are working on an initiative to support Maine’s shellfish communities or you are involved with a municipal conservation project, please submit your ideas, along with contact information and a brief description of any equipment you will bring by linking to the form below. Submissions will be accepted through February 9, 2024.
Manomet, Tidal Bay Consulting, the University of Maine at Orono, and the Darling Marine Center are helping to plan this event, along with the ShAC and Maine Department of Marine Resources. Email Jessica Joyce with any questions.
The selling of merchandise or other items is prohibited at this session.
Review of the 2023 Seminar Presentations
The last Forum was held on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2023, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. The archives of our seminars and all the presentations are available for review.
First Aid and CPR Course
Coast Guard Approved Certification by the American Safety and Health Institute will be offered. The cost is $50 per person. There are only 10 spaces available and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
The course will be held on Thursday, February 29th, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm in the Golf Club.