ROCKPORT – There is a lot to learn at the 42nd annual Fishermen’s Forum, a three-day event which kicked off Thursday at the Samoset in Rockport with a focus on shellfish.
Students from two schools presented data on clam recruitment, attendees learned about algal blooms, a mussel drone survey and strategies for protecting waterways from pollutants.
Friday and Saturday will feature sessions on lobster, right whales, survival training and more.
The three-day forum puts a spotlight on the issues faced by those in Maine’s commercial fishing industry. The events draws those who fish, clam or pull lobster off the coast of Maine or New England and others involved in the business.
“We are holding shellfish focus day today which is targeted at industry, researchers and managers, all related to live shellfish interest,” said Kohl Kanwhit, Maine Department Of Marine Resources.
On Friday attendees will get an update on the proposed changes to how target catches are set in herring fishing, and the Maine Lobstermen’s Association will hold it’s 64th annual meeting where the state’s lobster catch for 2017 will be unveiled.
There are two more days of this event — Friday and Saturday — there is also an associated trade show and lot of sessions on all types of issues like lobster and herring management..
There is also a trade show that features businesses from all over the state.
“They all come together and they talk about what is going in the industry, lots of concerns, and how the government is regulating everything,” said Katheryn McCormick of Friendship Trap Company. “We come and talk business and it’s a good. It’s a good weekend.”