History

Traps & Buoys

Photo credit Alex Daley Clark

In 2003, a group of community members and fishermen known as the Stonington Fisheries Alliance (SFA) decided that they needed an organization with bigger reach and resources to tackle science, management and policy questions that impacted local fishermen.  SFA members Ted Ames, Ted Hoskins and Robin Alden together with Kristen and Paul Lewis, founded Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, then called Penobscot East Resource Center, to help Stonington and other community fishing groups in Downeast Maine see beyond the horizon of their own harbors and take part in the care of their fisheries.  In its first 14 years, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries has launched many innovative programs and studies, and has created a place where fishermen’s voices can be part of the management dialogue.