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The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries

Monday, February 27th 2017

The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Penobscot Marine Museum will present The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries, a conference exploring whether innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our coastal ecosystem. The speaker line-up of scientists, historians, journalists, activists, consumers and fishermen will answer the question: How did this happen and what do we do now?

Jeffrey Bolster, University of New Hampshire Professor of History, will bring a historical context to the present issues facing the fishing industry.

Ted Ames, Fisheries Ecologist & Co-founder of Penobscot East Resource Center, will speak about the story told by data.

Peter Neill, Director of World Ocean Observatory, will discuss the evolution of the scientist-fishery harvester conversation and initiatives by each to address sustainability issues and meet conservation objectives imposed by regulatory bodies.

Patrick Shepard, Fisheries Policy Associate at Penobscot East Resource Center, will discuss the major turning points in the groundfish regulations and the current crossroad in policy as managers and fishermen plot the future of this historically important fishery.

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Food Historian and Writer, will speak about our changing tastes when it comes to the seafood, we as humans consume.

Glen Libby, Manager of Port Clyde Fresh Catch and co-author of Caught: time, place, fish, has seen, as a fisherman, how the technological revolution has impacted how and where fishermen fish over a period of several decades.

Dave Jackson, former publisher of National Fisherman, will speak about the documentation of the evolution of our fisheries seen through the eye of National Fisherman.

The conference will be held at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will run 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $60 for the general public, with discounts given to museum members, students, teachers, and non-profit employees. For more information or to register, please call 207-548-2529 or visit

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