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Access for the Fishing Community

Click here to watch the recording of this event.

You are invited to attend an interactive panel discussion about access for fishing businesses on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, 1795 Harpswell Islands Road.

Photo contributed by MCFA/Knack Factory

This event is available in person, live via Zoom, and as a recording. It is free and open to all. Advance registration is required.

What does access mean to fishing businesses? Accessing the intertidal to harvest quahogs and clams, mooring availability, space to store and maintain gear, access to markets and permits, and space to beach a lobster boat are all necessary aspects of doing business for fishermen. Some of these forms of access are more challenging than others and some vary depending on the season, like parking availability in the summer and winter. Learn more from fishermen and town staff about access in Harpswell, some of the challenges that exist, and how we can support Harpswell’s family-owned fishing businesses.

Refreshments provided, including free samples of Monkfish Stew from Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association!

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association is now selling Maine Coast Monkfish Stew to benefit their Fishermen Feeding Mainers Program. This program donates fresh seafood to area food banks, schools, and community groups and has provided more than 400,000 meals to over 60 groups throughout the state. Maine Coast Monkfish Stew is made from fresh monkfish that is sustainably harvested by Maine’s small-boat fishermen. Enjoy tasty stew. Support local fishermen. Feed Maine communities. You’ll be able to sample and buy the stew at the event. You can also buy it locally in Harpswell at Iris Eats!

This panel discussion is part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between the Harpswell Anchor, the Cundy’s Harbor Library, the Holbrook Community Foundation, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Click here for more about the collaboration.