ROCKPORT — The weather has been crazy this winter, with the temperature sometimes below zero one day and near 60 the next.
A semblance of order will soon be restored as fishermen and members of a host of related industries gather at the Samoset Resort in Rockport for the 41st annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.
The four-day event gets under way on Thursday, March 3, with a “Shellfish Day” filled with seminars covering topics ranging from municipal shellfish aquaculture to water quality to the issue of finding microplastics in shellfish harvested from the supposedly pristine ocean. The programs will be led by a cadre of scientists from the Department of Marine Resources and elsewhere, shellfish farmers and municipal shellfish committee members. Also on the schedule is a program aimed at helping processors and other people who handle seafood understand the requirements of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety program and a seminar covering changes in the ocean environment experienced by fishermen throughout the world. Captain Keith Colburn from the television program “The Deadliest Catch” will be among the speakers.
The full program — including more than 30 seminars on subjects related to the fishing industry, gear, regulations and the like — gets into full swing on Friday, March 4. That’s when the Maine Lobstermen’s Association will host its 62nd Annual Meeting.
Among the other organizations scheduled to hold annual meetings at the forum are the Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association, the Alewife Harvesters of Maine and the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association.
In addition to seminars and meetings, the forum offers several family entertainment programs and a trade show with more than 130 exhibitors displaying goods and services ranging from lobster traps to lobster boats and the engines that power them.
The social highlights of the event are the annual Seafood Reception tomorrow evening, the Fresh Fish Dinner and scholarship auction Friday night and the Saturday banquet dinner and dance.
For information, contact Chilloa Young at 442-7700 or [email protected]