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Nature and Wellness

Nature and Wellness

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
October 18, 2018

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association It should come as no surprise to anyone that I would convey the importance of being outside and in nature with the life of a fisherman. Although, many people do not have the opportunity to work outside every day, or be on… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Herring

Seafood in the Spotlight: Herring

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
July 17, 2018

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association According to the Department of Marine Resources, “the Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) is the most important pelagic fishery resource in the state of Maine.” This is mostly because herring is a forage fish that not only feeds larger prey in the ocean but also… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Shrimp

Seafood in the Spotlight: Shrimp

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
December 5, 2017

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association On November 28, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to extend the moratorium on Northern Shrimp for a fifth year in a continued attempt to allow the stock to rebuild. After receiving a scientific update that showed declines in the health… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight:  Scallops

Seafood in the Spotlight: Scallops

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
February 6, 2017

By Togue Brawn Maine’s scallop season has experienced record prices this year.  But are the scallops caught off our shore really any different than those from other areas?  You bet they are, and here’s why. Roughly 95 percent of US sea scallops come from the Federal fishery, where large boats generally fish offshore for six… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Bluefin Tuna

Seafood in the Spotlight: Bluefin Tuna

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
October 31, 2016

By Monique Coombs, Marine Resources Coordinator for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation The Bluefin tuna fishery has long been a part of Harpswell’s heritage.  The Casco Bay Tuna Club’s Bailey Island Fishing Tournament began in 1938.  At almost 80 years old, it is the longest running fishing tournament on the East Coast (the first Bluefin tuna… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Halibut

Seafood in the Spotlight: Halibut

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
July 5, 2016

By Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation So, you want the freshest most local fish you can get, right?  Well right now, I highly recommend looking around for some halibut.  (Try Gurnet Trading in Brunswick or Cantrell’s Seafood in Topsham.)  Just a few years ago halibut quotas were very low, meaning that fishing… Read more

The Connections Between Land and Water

By Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation Have you considered that your actions on land have a direct impact on the health of the ocean around us? Everything that we do ashore, from driving our cars, to building our homes, to caring for our lawns, has an impact upon clean… Read more

by Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation With so many kinds of wonderful and seasonal seafood available in Maine, sometimes it’s tough to know the best time to purchase specific products or know what’s available and when. My name is Monique Coombs and I am the Seafood Program Director for the… Read more