ROCKPORT — The largest gathering of the fishing industry in northern New England is set to return to the Samoset Resort in March.

For the first time in three years, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum is holding a live event at the Samoset Resort from March 2 through March 4, the organization announced Friday, Jan. 13 in a news release.

This event is a one-of-a-kind event created for Maine’s fishermen and provides educational seminars covering topics from management actions affecting gill-net fisheries, plastic aquaculture gear, economics of the lobster fleet, eastern Maine skippers program, Department of Marine Resources lobster science update, Gulf of Maine scallop fishery and a seafood cooking demonstration, to name a few.

A tentative seminar schedule will be available on the website. Attendance is free, and families are encouraged to attend with children’s activities available.

The Forum attracts thousands of people to the region. The past two years were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event also features the largest trade show in the history of the Forum — exhibitors showing lobster traps, marine gear, new fishing gear, boat builders and dozens of others as well. They will be displaying their wares for fishermen, scientists and the managers who attend the show annually.

A Coast Guard approved ASHI First Aid/CPR training course will be offered on Thursday, March 2, at the Samoset to only 10 applicants for a $50 fee. Applications are available and registrations are on a first come first served basis.

The Coast Guard’s Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program will once again provide water safety training in the Samoset pool. In addition to life raft and immersion suit training free inspections of immersion suits is also offered.

Thursday’s Seafood Reception highlights Maine’s fresh seafood. Friday Fish Dinner (sponsored by Portland Fish Exchange) has fresh fish right off the docks. Saturday night’s surf and turf dinner will offer music for enjoyment and dancing.

There will be a scholarship auction and a silent auction — all to raise funds for student scholarships, and every penny raised is awarded on Saturday night. To date, the Forum has awarded more than $587,000 in scholarships to students from families involved in Maine’s fisheries.

An anonymous fisherman has donated two $8,000 scholarships as well, to be awarded this March. Scholarship applications are available here. For any questions, please contact Chilloa Young, Coordinator at (207) 442-7700, or by email at