Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 03/02/2012 - 14:22

I’m posting this from the 37th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, THE annual gathering of Maine’s fishing industry. Sea Grant helped start the forum in 1976, and we’ve had a role in the event ever since. This year we are hosting seminars on seaweed, shellfish aquaculture, Trade Adjustment Assistance for lobstermen, ocean wind power, and ocean acidification.

We are also launching the new Maine Seafood Guide, which provides information on Maine seafood species, a guide to fishing methods and gear, and more. We are still uploading content and tweaking the site, so feel free to send questions and suggestions to

This is the only Maine-specific reference for Maine seafood. I identified the need for such a resource while working on an article for Maine Policy Review’s special issue on food last spring. People wanting information on aspects of Maine seafood—nutrition, fishery status, recreational fishing, where to buy seafood, etc.—had to go to numerous different websites. The new Maine Seafood Guide pulls it all together in one place. Unlike other seafood “guides,” this one doesn’t rank or rate or recommend species; it just provides the information you need to know your food and make your own decisions about what seafood makes sense for you and your family. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.