Today is the first day of the 40th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum. While the afternoon will be dedicated to celebrating Main Seafood with top chefs, including personal favorite Barton Seaver, my morning will be dedicated to the Maine Coast Community Sector Annual Meeting:
In 2010 the New England Fishery Management Council passed Amendment 16 to the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan which created the allocation-based system of management known as “Sectors.” The Maine Coast Community Sector was established by Maine’s small-boat fleet and represents over 1/3 of the groundfish landings in the State of Maine. The annual meeting will allow the Sector Manager, Board of Directors, and members to review the previous fishing year, go over current policy issues facing Maine’s small boat groundfish fleet and discuss next year’s fishery.
- Host: Gerry Cushman, F/V Bug Catcher
- Moderator: Ben Martens, Maine Coast Community Sector
- Panel: Lucy Van Hook, Maine Coast Community Sector
Stay tuned to my Twitter feed for updates from the forum, as well as more comprehensive coverage here at the Good Catch Blog later.