Ecosystem Co-Management Pilot in Downeast Maine

If there’s anything fishermen can agree on, it’s that nothing stays the same for long.  Weather, ocean conditions, fish stocks, regulatory schemes are all in a constant state of flux.  This is especially true now as climate change bears down on the fishing industry, causing changes in ocean temperature and fish dynamics.  Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries advocates for a management system that based, not on species by species rules and regulations, but on a multi-scaled ecosystem basis where real-time observations enable a nimble management system that can rapidly adapt to changing conditions.  We believe that eastern Maine is the ideal location to pilot an ecosystem-based co-management model of fisheries governance, and that Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is perfectly poised to lead this change.  It will take a community-based approach that begins with local knowledge and responsibility, coupled with cutting-edge science and visionary fisheries managers and regulators.  It is our best hope for creating both sustainable fisheries and fishing communities in Maine and beyond.