University of Maine School of Marine Sciences
Income diversity for commercial fishermen in Maine is an important issue, given their overwhelming reliance on the American lobster. Access to permits, and allocations of resources like scallops, groundfish, urchins or shrimp are scarce, and the ability for an individual fisherman to move from one fishery to another during the course of a year has been severely limited over recent decades. At the same time, the demand for shellfish grown in Maine has been strong and steady. This project is preparing fishermen to start an aquaculture venture while conducting research to understand the attitudes, perceptions, and knowledge of fishermen with respect to this change.
National Sea Grant National Strategic Initiative funds