The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has recently partnered with Maegan Monsees, the Freeport artist behind Mae in Maine, to offer a Fishermen’s Association rope gathering bucket with a distinct color and MCFA cork tag. MCFA is a nonprofit that works to enhance the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries by advocating for the needs of community-based fishermen and the environmental restoration of the Gulf of Maine. They work in many areas including the promotion of healthy working waterfronts, supporting the next generation of fishermen, and providing fresh fish to those in need in their communities through their Fishermen Feeding Mainers program, Online retail sales of products like Mae in Maine’s Evergreen Gathering Bucket, along with apparel and other gifts, directly benefit MCFA’s programs. Mae in Maine’s is their most recent product collaboration.

To make her one-of-a-kind hand-made creations, artist Maegan Monsees dyes and sews 100% cotton rope. The Evergreen Gathering Bucket is constructed on a sewing machine and coiled by hand. From collecting shells on a cool morning walk on the beach, to picking raspberries during a sultry August afternoon, the striking teal color, reminiscent of the waters of the Atlantic gently lapping at a lobster boat’s hull, is an exclusive hue Monsees made for MCFA. The basket is finished off with a cork tag displaying the MCFA logo.

“I originally moved to Maine to work on an organic farm, but quickly realized that eating local, sustainable food here didn't just apply to produce, but is equally important when it comes to seafood as well. I'm honored to create these gathering buckets for MCFA and to support the hard work they do in protecting our gulf for future generations!” said Mae in Maine’s Maegan Monsees.

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association welcomes this opportunity to collaborate with Mae in Maine and to offer her baskets to their supporters to help promote sustainable fisheries and Maine small businesses. They hope that this collaboration will help more people to learn about the importance of taking care of our fisheries and our working waterfronts for the benefit of Maine communities well into the future.

“Working with partners like Maegan allows us to celebrate our coastal communities and local small businesses while also supporting our work to protect working waterfronts and promote sustainable fishing in the Gulf of Maine,” said Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association’s, Ben Martens.

To learn more about The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, donate, or purchase a basket, please visit mainecoastfishermen.org.