As spring is upon us and the ice has gone out, individuals are beginning to consider getting again on the water. For some, meaning placing a dock in. For others, it means getting traps able to set. There are lots of alternative ways during which we benefit from the waterfront and the waters alongside and off of Brunswick’s shores. In case you are taken with studying extra concerning the gamers concerned in a few of these myriad makes use of in addition to these concerned in navigating how to make sure that the waterfront receives each ample protections in addition to persevering with to be accessible to those that stay and work on it, you may attend an upcoming conversational panel, “Attending to Know Our Waterfront,” which is able to happen from 6-7:30 p.m. subsequent Thursday, April 6, on the Maine Coast Heritage Belief workplace in Topsham (in the identical constructing as Sea Canine restaurant).
The panel presentation is the following in a sequence that Maine Coast Fishermen’s Affiliation has put collectively in coordination with native land trusts in communities alongside the coast. “Residing and Working in a Waterfront Group: A Dialog Collection” started with displays in Harpswell within the fall of 2021 and has grown to incorporate occasions in Kennebunkport, Freeport and Brunswick. The upcoming occasion in Brunswick is the second occasion put collectively by MCFA and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Belief. The primary, “Fisheries in Our City,” was held on the Curtis Memorial Library on the finish of October of final 12 months.
October’s occasion centered on the number of seafood harvested alongside and off of Brunswick’s shores — every little thing from whelks to pogies to mackerel and seaweed — and find out how to introduce the worth of those sources to these residing and dealing right here. Panelists included Cody Gills, chairperson of Brunswick’s Marine Useful resource Committee, shellfish harvester and business fisherman; Quang Nguyen, proprietor of the Fishermen’s Internet Seafood Store and Restaurant; Jaclyn Robidoux, from Maine Sea Grant; and native meals author and editor of edible MAINEChristine Rudalevidge. A recording of that occasion together with a weblog encapsulating the dialogue is accessible at mainecoastfishermen.org.
The upcoming panel, which focuses on the elements of the city’s waterfront, will embrace every little thing from business fishing to leisure boating to planning for the way these makes use of work collectively amidst a altering atmosphere. In celebration of the oft-overlooked connection between our city and the waterfront, the occasion is fittingly situated on the Androscoggin River, which can not appear coastal, however connects to the ocean by way of the intensive Merrymeeting Bay system of waterways. Panelists will embrace Marko Melendy, chairperson of the Brunswick Rivers and Coastal Waters Fee; Angela Twitchell, govt director of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Belief; Helene Harrower of Paul’s Marina; and Max Burtis, a business shellfish harvester and co-owner of Ferda Farms oyster farm. Maine Coast Fishermen’s Affiliation’s Director of Group Packages Monique Coombs will average the dialogue.
As with all the displays within the Working Waterfront Dialog Collection, this occasion can be free and open to the general public. House is restricted, so registration is required at btlt.org/occasions/getting-to-know-our-waterfront. For these attending in particular person, samples of native seafood together with Maine Coast Fishermen’s Affiliation’s Maine Coast Monkfish Stew can be served following the occasion. The stew is produced by Hurricane Soups & Premium Chowders in Greene utilizing sustainably harvested monkfish together with Maine produce and dairy. The proceeds from the sale of the stew profit MCFA’s Fishermen Feeding Mainers program that donates contemporary seafood to varsities, meals pantries and group teams statewide.
The occasion will even be accessible by Zoom and recorded for many who are unable to attend. When you have questions on this occasion or others within the Working Waterfront Dialog Collection, please contact me at [email protected]
Susan Olcott is the director of operations at Maine Coast Fishermen’s Affiliation.