Meet Your Local Fisherman – Event Update

Vouchers earned by fishermen at Meet Your Local Fisherman event during St. George Days were completed on November 23rd.

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Three fishermen participated:

  • Bradley “Butch” Rackliff , Wheeler Bay
  • Bill Iliffe Jr. , Tenants Harbor
  • Justin”Buzz” Libby, Port Clyde

About fifty members of the public visited the CodEnd float and talked with these fishermen about their boats and fishing businesses.

A total of $1,600 in vouchers were earned for boat maintenance and safety equipment – including a life raft inspection and certified repacking for a dragger as well as engine repairs and hull maintenance on two lobster boats.

The Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance is also working with Lobster Festival board and Rockland harbor master to work out details of having a Meet Your Local Fisherman event at the Lobster Festival.

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Fishing Heritage Virtual Museum Project

The Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance is pleased to announce it has started to seek funding for itsTenants Harbor Fishing Heritage Virtual Museum.  This project has two purposes. First to collect and archive personal, family and business fishing heritage using newly discovered and historic images, news clippings, films, oral histories and anecdotal experiences related to commercial fishing in three Maine communities with a rich, but declining commercial fishing heritage. Then the project will ask those individuals interviewed to comment on the reasons for the fishing industry’s recent decline and comment on the future of the industry. All this information will be copied and recorded in digital format and made available to local libraries and historical societies. The Alliance’s public website will give the project an interactive component encouraging the ongoing collection and use of this information by the public and regulatory agencies. This information will be useful for future marine policy decisions in the Gulf of Maine region.

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St. George Days 2013 – Meet Your Local Fisherman

St George Days LogoThe following activities took place at the Cod End float:

  • From 9-12 Dan Miller talked with about 20 people about operating a small dragger aboard his brother Tad’s boat Julie Marie
  • Josh Miller talked with about another 20 folks in the afternoon aboard his lobster boat Dorcas Anne
  • Dan and Josh each earned $400 worth of MMFHA credit vouchers for their time spent educating the public about commercial fishing at St. George Days.
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Join us at the 2012 Fishermen’s Forum, Samoset Resort, Rockland, ME – March 2-3

Please look for our booth at the 2012 Fishermen’s Forum and meet local fishermen who are participating in our community outreach and education voucher program focused on supporting vessel safety.

See you there!

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MMFHA Annual Member’s Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance Annual Meeting…

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
St. George Town Hall, Tenants Harbor

See you there!

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Look for us at Common Ground Fair – September 23-25, 2011

Look for us at the Common Ground Country Fair, Unity Maine, on September 23-25, 2011.

Meet local fishermen and learn about sustainable fishing with innovative nets and gear.

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Join us at the 2011 Fishermen’s Forum, Samoset Resort, Rockland, ME – March 4-5

Please look for our booth at the 2011 Fishermen’s Forum, and join us at our presentation on the mission and activities of the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance on Saturday March 5th at 2:00.

The event was a big success…and here’s a copy of our overview presentation from the event.  MMFHA Fishermens Forum Presentation.pptx

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The Fish Belong to the People, MMFHA Fundraiser – November 6, 2010 – Camden Opera House

The Fish Belong to the People William Hyler’s locally shot feature-length documentary that premiered at the 2009 Camden International Film Festival, will be screened Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-screening selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by chefs from Paolina’s Way and Café Miranda, as well as Scott Yakovenko, formerly of Port Clyde Seafood Co. Freshly-caught fish for the evening will be provided by the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative, which is featured in the film.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with fisherman Glen Libby, president of the MFC and chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association; Jennifer Litteral, policy director for the Island Institute; Sen. Chris Rector, R-Thomaston, who serves on Maine’s Business, Research and Economic Development and Marine Resources committees. Rob Kelley, a member of the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance, will moderate.

Since its premiere, the film has become an important resource for those seeking to understand the challenges that fisheries currently face. The film focuses on the efforts of a group of family fishermen in Port Clyde who have come together as the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative to save their fishery using environmentally friendly methods and selling directly to their customers under the brand name Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

This event is co-sponsored by the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance and the K2 Family Foundation. MMFHA is a nonprofit foundation devoted to connecting fishermen to their communities through education, research and outreach, as well as keeping them safe at sea. The K2 Family Foundation seeks to support individuals who strive — through art, education, or action — to promote more creative and sustainable ways of living.

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Dragger Boat Tour and Raffle – St. George Days – July 17, 2010

Join us on July 17th, 2010 at St. George Days. We will be holding a raffle for some valuable prizes including a Port Clyde Fresh Catch Share, tickets on the Monohegan Boat Line, and Fileting knives. Tickets are $3 or 2 for $5.

Also, we will be holding a tour of the dragger Iroquois down at the dock at Cod End. Come see the boats that bring you your local groundfish!

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LOCAL SHOWING – The Fish Belong to the People – December 5, 2009

As our official kickoff for the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance, we will be showing the recently released documentary film on the Port Clyde Groundfishing Fleet, “The Fish Belong to the People.” The event is hosted by the St. George Conservation Commission, and will be followed by a panel discussion with local Port Clyde Groundfishermen.

Please join us!

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