2021 Maine Fishermen’s Forum Call for Seminar Proposals


Founded in 1976, 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. At the Forum, there is a Shellfish Focus Day on Thursday, and there are two additional full days of seminars open to the public to attend at no cost.

There are limited spaces available for seminars, and the size of the seminar rooms varies from small (15-20 attendees) to large (100 attendees). Seminars will be held on Thursday, March 4, Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Seminars run approximately 90 minutes.


Proposal Requirements:

We welcome proposals that:


The proposal application is attached, and must include the following pieces of information:


  1. Applicant Name, Title, Organization (if applicable)

  2. Brief Seminar Topic Summary (250 words suggested), to include:

    1. How the session addresses issues of current interest to the fishing or aquaculture industry;

    2. How the seminar will engage the audience; and

    3. Proposed speakers/panelists and organizations, if known.

  3. Preference for which day the seminar is scheduled (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and any relevant information about panelist availability, if limited to one day or the other.


The Forum Board will seek to create an overall seminar schedule which addresses a diversity of both state and federal fisheries, wild caught and aquaculture issues, and reflects participation of a range of organizations and entities. Proposals will be chosen based on the quality of information presented, including: