36th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum 

You’re probably used to seeing fishermen working outside in the Rockport area, but for the next couple of days, they’re setting up shop indoors. “We are a fishing community and we all belong together. You know, day to day, you’re alone on a boat, but this is really the symbol of the face that we all work together and add up to Maine’s fishing industry,” said Patrice McCarron, Executive Director for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is the largest event of its kind in New England. It brings fishermen, scientists and mangers to neutral ground to talk about the industry.”You see a lot of people that you haven’t seen in a long time and everybody gets a chance to visit and talk about the issues that’s facing them in their industry,” said Kristan Porter, President of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.”A fishermen’s job is to fish, so a lot of times we feel really disconnected from the market and don’t understand why such a high quality product isn’t getting a lot of money, but there are new developments, new marketing,” added McCarron.The three-day forum has something for everyone. On the schedule this year, more than 40 seminars, demonstrations , an auction and much more.”Hopefully people come here and walk away with something that they can take home and figure out how to use in their communities to better their fishery, ” said Porter.”You take all of the efforts from all of the individuals on the coast and you see what it all adds up to. You become part of the whole, part of the bigger game,” added McCarron.The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is a big part of the industry game. It’s in its 36th year, and organizers say it, and the industry, won’t be slowing down anytime soon.”There is a good future in the fisheries and you know, together in places like this, we can figure out the best way to go forward,” said Porter.The forum continues Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. To 4:40 p.m. At the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Governor Paul LePage will speak at the event Friday on the importance of maintaining the state’s fishing industry and the jobs on shore it supports.