STONINGTON — Robin Alden is the recipient of the 2015 Innovator Award as part of the first SOURCE Maine Sustainability Awards.
The awards were presented at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester on April 9. The award is one of seven given to Maine leaders, organizations and businesses.
“Alden has made it her life’s work to help fishermen, scientists and fisheries managers understand each other before the goal of making local fisheries more sustainable for Maine’s coastal communities and future generations,” according to a statement accompanying the award.
Alden is the founding executive director of the Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC), which works for the future of fishing and fishing communities in coastal Maine. Its programs include supporting: the new Maine scallop co-management system; the Sentinel Survey, a groundfish collaborative research project; and the seven-high school Eastern Maine Skippers Program.
Alden was recognized for the many ways she has worked to increase the sustainability and resilience of Maine fishing to economic and climate changes during her career. In addition to founding PERC, she is a founder of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last month in Rockport, and is also a founder of Commercial Fisheries News. During her stint as commissioner of Marine Resources, she increased the voice and responsibility of fishermen in regulations. Recently, she has been instrumental in launching two major collaborations: Downeast Fisheries Partnership and Eastern Maine Skippers Program.
SOURCE presented these awards to mark its first anniversary. The awards, dedicated to “eating and living sustainably in Maine,” were given to nonprofits and individuals based on a statewide nomination process.