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Licensing workshop

Posted Nov. 02, 2012, at 4:10 p.m.

Press Release: For immediate release

CONTACT PERSON: CARLA GUENTHER

Fisheries licensing discussion seeks to protect community values

ROCKLAND — Nothing is more significant to a fisherman than the license to fish. Licensing affects fishermen’s ability to make a living; and how licensing is done impacts the health of both marine species and fishing communities.

Over the past 8 months, Penobscot East Resource Center and Maine Sea Grant have been engaging fishermen, academics and policy makers in discussions to identify and evaluate ways to protect community values, prosperity, and fishery resources in Maine’s commercial fisheries. As part of that effort, a second round of meetings with fishermen on Fisheries Licensing for the Future will start in Rockland Nov. 13 at the Rockland Congregational Church from 6-8 pm.

At these fall meetings, organizers will present the results of the first round of eight statewide fishermen’s meetings held last spring and highlights from a major workshop that convened fisheries experts from the US and Canada East and West Coasts that was held in September this year. The workshop provided valuable perspective on Maine’s fisheries and insights into the advantages and pitfalls of different systems used from New England to Nova Scotia, and from Alaska and British Columbia to California.

The Fisheries Licensing for the Future meetings are an opportunity for fishermen to talk together about visions for a state fisheries licensing system that will protect Maine’s marine resources, coastal tradition, and pride in the commercial fishing profession. The project is considering the licensing approach for all the state’s commercial fisheries at a time when the state is also engaged in a re-examination of entry rules for the state’s lobster fishery.

” If you are currently licensed to fish, or hope to be, please attend a meeting time and location convenient for you,” said Carla Guenther, Penobscot East’s Fisheries Science and Leadership Advisor.

In addition to the Rockland meeting Nov. 13, three other meetings will be held as follows: Monday, November 26 in Portland at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; Monday, December 3 in Ellsworth at the Ellsworth High School and Monday, December 10 in Machias at the Kay Parker Building. All meetings will be held, 6 – 8 pm.

If you have questions, contact Penobscot East Resource Center: Phone: 207-367-2708

E-mail: info@penobscoteast.org or visit us online at: www.penobscoteast.org

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