MACHIAS — Big science is coming to Downeast Maine next week.
On Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18, the Eastern Maine Coastal Current Collaborative (EM3C) will host a State of the Science Conference at the University of Maine at Machias.
The conference will discuss ecosystem-based fisheries management in eastern Maine and will bring together experts from local governments, fishing, science and academic communities. It is the first step toward producing a comprehensive understanding of the region’s watersheds, intertidal, nearshore and offshore ecosystems, including their governance and socioeconomic factors.
EM3C is a partnership among three fisheries organizations: the Stonington-based, nonprofit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries; the Maine Department of Marine Resources; and NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency that manages fisheries at the state and federal level.
The partners formed the Eastern Maine Coastal Current Collaborative in 2017, with a goal of developing a research framework that supports ecosystem-based fisheries management in the Eastern Maine Coastal Current which extends from western edge of Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border, and includes its watersheds.
The revolutionary approach aims to produce the most comprehensive scientific analysis of its kind, recognizing that not only biological, but also economic and social interactions need to be considered when understanding the future of eastern Maine’s fisheries. The conference seeks to facilitate this type of cross-ecosystem and interdisciplinary collaboration.
A registration fee of $100 covers two days of keynote speakers, presentations from experts on watershed, intertidal, nearshore and offshore ecosystems, lunch, dinner and shuttle services to and from Machias hotels. The conference also has secured a limited number of free tickets for students.
For more information, or to register, go to www.stateofthescienceconference.org.