The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, which will take place on Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 at the Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St, Rockport, hosts fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government and other stakeholders to collaborate on all things fishing — markets, resource status, regulations, the latest in technology and the environment.

The forum includes three days of free seminars for fishermen covering a wide range of topics such as the health of the lobster resource, commercial fishing safety and upcoming regulatory actions. It also offers Maine’s fishing community lots of informal socializing and networking opportunities. Each night features an organized event, including the seafood reception, the Friday night fish dinner and a banquet and dance on Saturday night. The family-focused event also has a full suite of children’s events.

Over 120 suppliers of commercial fishing equipment and services will be exhibiting at the weekend-long trade show that is part of the forum.  Proceeds from Friday night’s live auction of items donated by friends of the forum go to scholarship funds for college-bound children of Maine fishing families.

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