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2011 Maine Fishermen’s Forum
  • Published
    March 9, 2011

    DMR Commissioner Olsen: Jobs are top priority

    Norman Olsen said March 4 that there would be no sustainable fishing communities without sustainable fishing stocks. The new commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources was speaking at the end of a busy day at the 36th Maine Fishermen's Forum at the Samoset Resort. According to Gov. Paul LePage's Cabinet website at, Olsen is a native of Cape Elizabeth who began his working life as a fourth-gener...

  • Published
    March 8, 2011

    Fishermen’s forum surpasses scholarship expectations

    Attendance at the 36th Maine Fishermen's Forum was high, according to event coordinator Chilloa Young. Young said March 8 that the three-day event brought more than 2,500 fishermen and representatives of government and the nonprofit sector to the Samoset Resort between March 3 and 5. Close to 150 speakers and presenters offered seminars on topics that ranged from marketing and regulatory concerns to an opportuni...

  • Published
    March 4, 2011

    Gov. LePage vows support for fishing industry growth, envisions more processing plants

    Gov. Paul LePage attended the 36th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Friday, where he addressed more than 300 fishermen, clammers, lobstermen, aquaculturalists, scientists, fisheries regulators, and others involved in the fishing industry. He arrived at 10 a.m., and spent approximately 15 minutes in a suite talking with staff before he emerged, walking through the halls of the Samoset Resort, which ...

  • Published
    March 4, 2011

    Carbon in air leads to acid in oceans

    Whether human activity is responsible for the spike in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere or not, one result that must be dealt with is ocean acidification. That was the consensus of a panel that addressed those attending Clam Day at the Maine Fishermen's Forum March 3 at the Samoset Resort. Thursday's session was moderated by Sherman Hoyt of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant, and ...

  • Published
    March 3, 2011

    Fishermen’s forum opens with red tide discussion

    Thursday was Clam Day at the 36th annual Maine Fishermen's Forum, and the day opened with a session on the state's efforts to understand the causes and results of the algal blooms that cause red tide. Department of Marine Resources Director of Biotoxin Monitoring Darcie Couture began the discussion in the Samoset Resort's Penobscot Bay Room by describing the history of paralytic shellfish poisoning monitoring. ...

  • Published
    March 1, 2011

    Fishermen’s forum offers information, entertainment

    Fishermen and others attending the 36th annual Maine Fishermen's Forum March 3 through 5 at the Samoset Resort will have an opportunity to meet Gov. Paul LePage and sit down with his new marine resources commissioner, Norman Olsen. Both the governor's visit and a one-and-a-half-hour meeting with DMR staff will take place on Friday. According to the website at, the Maine Fishermen’s ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2011

    Registration opens for Maine Fishermen’s Forum

    Planning is under way for the 36th Maine Fishermen's Forum, scheduled to take place March 4-6 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. In a letter sent to former and potential attendees, forum President Kristan Porter invited those planning to attend to consider staying at the Samoset during the event. "The Forum is and always has been a traditional gathering spot in Maine for fishermen, processors, dealers, ...

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