Greetings all – The Downeast Fisheries Partnership is hosting a shellfish industry listening session on December 12th, at the Seaworthy Event Center, 23 Main St., Milbridge, from 11:30am-3:00pm (lunch will be provided).
Clamming is an important fishery in eastern Maine but landings are going down. Please attend and share your thoughts about what’s happening, a first step toward sustaining this fishery. Please help spread the word! Harvesters, shellfish committee members, wardens, buyers, and others who understand and care about clamming are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This listening session won’t solve all of the challenges facing clam management- it can’t change warming waters and won’t stop green crabs from eating clams. What it can do is get the right people together to talk about issues in the fishery. This session will be the beginning of a process where those of you who work the tides and depend on this important fishery, convene to better describe what is – and isn’t – working. The only way to make sure shellfish harvesting continues to support families and communities in eastern Maine is to come together, air out our concerns, and start working to make things better.