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Shellfish Harvesting for the Future
February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A conversation featuring stories and lessons learned in town shellfish conservation projects
Shellfish Focus Day, part of the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, is a rare opportunity for shellfish harvesters, shellfish wardens, municipal officials, non-profit groups, researchers, and others to meet and talk about issues facing the shellfish harvesting community. This year, three upcoming webinar/radio programs will focus on important topics in Maine’s shellfish fisheries, including shellfish conservation projects, the value of multiple forms of knowledge about intertidal fisheries, and opportunities and issues in shellfish markets and supply chains.
Mike Pinkham, Gouldsboro Shellfish Warden, and Sarah Hooper and Bill Zoellick of Schoodic Institute are part of a panel discussion on Monday February 22, at 4 pm. A recording of this event will be broadcast on the radio, on WERU’s Coastal Conversations, on February 26th at 4 pm.
This will be an online meeting using Zoom software. Pre-registration is not necessary. Use this link to join the event. To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592 and enter the Meeting ID: 893 3297 5035 and Passcode: 116603. For more information, email Bridie McGreavy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The topics will focus on efforts to grow clam seed, using equipment like upwellers and lobster pounds, connections to water quality issues, and how people are working together to restore shellfish and mudflats. Through informal conversation and stories, people working on shellfish restoration projects from across the coast will tell stories and share information about what they have learned along the way. Other panelists include David Wilson and Scott Moody Jr. of Harpswell Marine Resources Committee, and Dan Devereaux, Brunswick Coastal Resource Manager. The program will be hosted by Dr. Bridie McGreavy, University of Maine, Dept. of Communication and Journalism and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, and Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant.