Welcome to Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries!
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is a non-profit organization that works to secure a diversified fishing future for the communities of Eastern Maine and beyond. We do this by developing and implementing innovative programs that provide value for today’s fishermen and drive more sustainable management approaches for future fisheries. An essential component of our work is connecting the knowledge of fishermen, the findings of scientists, and the world of policy makers.
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries was co-founded in 2003 by fisherman and MacArthur Award winner Ted Ames, who pioneered the notion that fishermen’s deep knowledge could play a critical role in management decisions. To this day, our purpose is to tap that understanding and create more adaptive fisheries management paradigms in the face of changing climate and economic conditions. We work to ensure that management decisions are based on the best science and informed by fishermen’s participation, engagement and commitment. Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries serves 50 fishing communities in eastern Maine between the Penobscot River and the Canadian border, the most fisheries-dependent region on the east coast of the United States. Located right on the working waterfront in Stonington, Maine, we understand the needs of our local fishing community. Yet our model of co-management where fishermen, scientists and regulators take equal responsibility for fisheries management serves as a model of success in both our own region and places far beyond our shores.