Fishing industry turns out for 45th Fishermen's Forum

By Susan Mustapich | Mar 06, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich A Stonington fisherman, holding the microphone at a March 6 seminar, was one of many who questioned federal regulations on Maine's lobster fishery that aim to protect right whales.

ROCKPORT — A Stonington fisherman at the microphone was one of many who questioned federal regulations on Maine's lobster fishery that aim to protect right whales at a March 6 seminar.

The chance to question federal officials drew a standing-room-only crowd to the seminar at the 45th Maine Fishermen's Forum at the Samoset Resort. Maine fishermen want to protect the endangered whale, but are being asked to do more than their share, they say.

The event included an expo for businesses that serve the fishing community. Fishermen visiting the forum could see the latest gear, fishing vessels, engines and numerous other items.

Several seminars and talks were held bringing together fishermen, scientists and state and federal regulators.

Scallop and shrimp fisherman James West attends a seminar on possible management changes to the scallop fishery at the Fisherman's Forum March 6. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Irene Prescott from North Haven Community School is studying how U.S. tariff policy affects businesses that sell lobster locally and to a larger market as part of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Skippers Program students Josh Richardson and Amanda Brooks from Sumner Memorial High School call their innovative trap design the Volcano and plan to modify it for catching lobster and shrimp at the same time. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Top Coast Guard officials for sector Northern New England, Commander Gregory Knoll, chief of inspection, left, and Commander Jason Boyer, who oversees 10 units including four ice breakers, two marine safety detachments, aids to navigation and the inspection unit, were on hand at the Fishermen's Forum March 6. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Dale Dyer is project manager and salesman with Custom Float Services, the company that just finished building a second float system in Camden Harbor. The company has been designing systems solely using encapsulated polystyrene for 20 years, he said, for marinas, lobster trap storage, swimming platforms and more. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Marine supply businesses, selling everything from electronics to propellers and traps, filled several halls at the Fishermen's Forum March 6 at the Samoset. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Yvonne Rosen, captain of M/V Gimmie A Hulla, Vinalhaven, leaves the Fishermen's Forum March 6 with some of the purple trace rope all Maine lobster fishermen are now required to attach to their trap lines. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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