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Fish Forum 2012
  • Published
    March 9, 2012

    Congress could learn civil behavior from Maine fishermen

    Much of human endeavor is about finding the perfect balance. For many of us, that balance is best symbolized by the scales of justice in the blind woman's hands, or the apparently endless struggle between time and money, work and play, good and evil. Some find perfect balance in a mathematical equation, some in the way the rising full moon reflects the light of the setting sun. In political discourse, our image ...

  • Published
    March 8, 2012

    Clammers on front lines of climate change

    When it comes to the acid-base balance in human blood or ocean water, a small change can mean a lot. That was the message presented at a March 3 seminar at the Maine Fishermen's Forum. The scale between acid and base conditions is expressed using the term pH, on a range from 0 to 14. Pure water is neutral, with a pH of 7. A lower number designates acid conditions. "In the last 1,000 years, CO2 was stable at 280 ...

  • Published
    March 8, 2012

    Collaborative data collection makes seas safer for fishermen, others

    Fishermen and others who want to know in advance whether conditions at sea will be amenable to their efforts have many ways to access information from a variety of sources. On March 2, the 2012 Maine Fishermen's Forum held a session on forecasting and predicting marine weather and ocean conditions, to offer insights into the tools that are available. Hosted by fisherman Steve Train, presenters included Northeaster...

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    Federal and state fisheries regulators meet in Rockport

    Meredith Mendelson, advisor on ocean matters to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, talks with Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Under Secretary of Commerce Jane Lubchenco in the lobby of the Samoset Resort. All three were in Rockport to participate in the 37th annual Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 1 through 3.

  • Published
    March 3, 2012

    Snowe’s visit to Fishermen’s Forum canceled due to weather

    A visit by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, to the 37th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport on March 3 was canceled when rain, fog and icy conditions prevented her from flying into Knox County Regional Airport. Snowe, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, announced Feb. 28 that she would not seek re-election in November. In a statement released March 2 and ...

  • Published
    March 2, 2012

    At Fishermen’s Forum: Sen. Collins comments on colleague’s departure

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was stunned when Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, told her she would not seek re-election this year. Collins was at the 2012 Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport on March 2 to watch the bidding on the U.S. flag she donated to the forum's annual scholarship auction. The flag is flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and dedicated as the winning bidder chooses. "I knew ...

  • Published
    March 2, 2012

    Lobstermen use forensic methods to understand whale entanglement

    As part of ongoing efforts to include lobstermen in conversations about fisheries regulation and environmental protection, the Maine Lobstermen's Association has been working with the World Consortium of Wildlife Bycatch Reduction, the National Marine Fisheries Service and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to gain a deeper understanding of how whales become dangerously entangled in fishing gear. On the opening ...

  • Published
    February 24, 2012

    New commissioner wants to meet the fishermen

    Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher plans to participate in many of the different breakout sessions at the upcoming Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 1-3 at the Samoset Resort. Keliher was sworn in on Jan. 26, after serving for six months as the DMR’s acting commissioner. In addition to sitting in on many of the forum's scheduled sessions, Keliher will be guest of honor at a Meet the Commissio...

  • Published
    February 16, 2012

    Fishermen invited to share stories

    The Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance is looking for commercial fishermen living and working in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox or Waldo counties who are willing to discuss their fishing family heritage through pictures, stories, news clippings and other artifacts. Fishermen are invited to share their stories in a small group setting at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at the ...

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