Maine Fishermen's Forum

The organizers of the 2021 Maine Fishermen’s Forum are canceling the event. Organizers decided that this year dangers posed by the pandemic and state mandates on facility capacity made it impossible to schedule this time out.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A federal award of some $50 million to Maine lobstermen to compensate for losses created by the U.S. trade war with China is upsetting live lobster dealers and processors who were left out of the equation. Even some lobstermen are questioning the formula — and some observers see one key motivation behind the decision: presidential politics.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The annual Maine Fishermen's Forum is underway in Rockport, where the intertwined fates of lobstermen and endangered North Atlantic right whales are a hot topic.

ROCKPORT, Maine - New England's largest fishing industry trade show is getting started with a focus on the region's shellfish business.

ROCKPORT, Maine - New England's largest trade show for fishermen is slated to take place at the end of February and the beginning of March.

ROCKPORT, Maine - The Maine Fishermen's Forum is bringing one of the state's most important industries together in Rockport for the next three days.
 
The forum begins on Thursday at the Samoset Resort and continues until Saturday. The event includes a trade show, seminars, a Friday night fish dinner and a Saturday banquet and dance.
 
The Maine Department of Marine Resources typically also uses the event to reveal the state's commercial catch data from the previous year. The state lobster fishery has set records for volume of catch for several consecutive years.

ROCKPORT, Maine  — The social event of the year is about to start for people who harvest and sell Maine seafood.

The Maine Fishermen's Forum takes place from Thursday to Saturday in Rockport. The annual event brings together fishermen, chefs, scientists and seafood industry representatives for a three-day discussion and celebration of Maine's signature export.