Highlights from 30+ Years of Maine Sea Grant's Work in Fisheries

Maine Sea Grant’s relationship with the fishering industry dates to 1975, when Congress was about to pass what would become the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. At that time, fish harvested by Maine fishermen stayed local, only traveling perhaps as far as Boston or New York. The Gulf of Maine fishery was dominated by fleets of foreign fishing vessels, factories at sea that fished harder than anyone before. Even at Gorton's in Gloucester, MA, 40% of the cod came from Polish boats.

Highlights from 30+ Years of Maine Sea Grant’s Education & Stewardship Programming

In 1977, Maine Sea Grant collaborated with the University of Maine College of Education to launch the Northern New England Marine Education Project, which produced some of the region’s earliest K-12 teachers’ resource guides on marine science and maritime heritage, and provided professional development opportunities for teachers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Watershed Kiosks

In 2006, staff at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Maine Field Office initiated a partnership with Maine Sea Grant to produce content for two informational kiosks planned for the lower Penobscot River region. The Penobscot River watershed is currently the subject of an unprecedented restoration plan that will restore access to over 1,000 miles of rearing and spawning habitat for Atlantic salmon, alewives, sturgeon, and other species of sea-run fish.