2008 Fisheries Forum

Rockweed Harvest and Scallop Conservation in Cobscook Bay

Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 9:30AM to 3:30PM
The Boat School in Eastport

Press Release – “2008 Fisheries Forum Press Release 081007.pdf”

9:30 to 12:00
WELCOME. Will Hopkins, Cobscook Bay Resource Center

RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAMS. Heidi Leighton, Cobscook Bay Resource Center
Written comments – “RC Program Description.pdf


Rockweed Harvesting: What’s The Problem?

Industry Response

General Discussion: What do you think about rockweed harvest in the Bay? How can we most specifically state the problems?

Solutions? What changes to State of Maine statutes and regulations or to management practices might resolve or reduce concerns with rockweed harvest in the Bay?

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

Cobscook Bay has the last good scallop grounds in Maine because Cobscook fishermen have
worked hard over the last ten years to protect them. The scallop resource in the rest of the state
has collapsed, triggering an initiative by the Maine Legislature to “develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will rebuild Maine's scallop resource and create a sustainable scallop fishery.”

General Discussion: What might the Cobscook Bay portion of a strategic plan look like and how might it be implemented?

More Links: The Quoddy Tides articles
“The DMR Will Consider Expanded Rules for Rockweed Harvesting”
“Proposed Scallop Regulations Catch Heat From Area Fishermen”

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