Ways in which commercial fishermen, aquaculturists and those in the tourism industry can work together to create greater economic success will be the focus of three workshops offered by Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Lobster Institute, Island Institute and Maine Aquaculture Association.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism workshops will take place 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast; 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Machias; and 1–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Building in Portland.
Anyone involved in the fisheries, aquaculture or tourism industry or related support organizations is invited to attend any of the free workshops. Sessions will include information from guest speakers on topics such as the legal issues pertaining to offering boat or farm tours and ways seafood producers can enhance their businesses by building relationships with tour operators, restaurant owners and innkeepers.
“The workshops are intended to respond to the need for information expressed by fishermen and aquaculture farmers who seek to diversify their earnings by tapping into the tourism market by offering activities such as lobster boat tours or fish farm tours,” says Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant. “Likewise, these workshops respond to the growing interest in the tourism industry to provide customers with fisheries and fish-farming-related experiences.”
Scott Gunst, an attorney with the admiralty and maritime law practice Reeves McEwing LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., will present at each session. Other guest speakers will vary depending on location. They will include fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers who will talk about their businesses, as well as members of the tourism industry who will share opportunities for marketing and partnerships.
The workshops will include an information session about the legal framework of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, followed by interactive conversations with those who work in the field and a question-and-answer period with representatives of related resources, including the United States Coast Guard, insurance companies and the host organizations.
Pizza will be offered at the Belfast and Machias sessions and snacks will be provided at the Portland workshop.
This is the second time this workshop series has been offered. The first was offered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland in February 2013.
A registration form and more information, such as fact sheets and legal research produced for the series, are available on the Maine Sea Grant’s website. Registration is required.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities. The University of Maine Marine Extension Team (MET), is a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension, that provides educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
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The Republican Journal previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
“Reclaiming the Water Commons: Water Ethics & Nature Rights in Maine” is the theme of the 10th annual Ecopeace Sustainability Training and International Affiliations (ESTIA) conference Oct. 25 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
The all-day symposium features speakers, roundtable discussions and performances. The conference represents a diversity of views about the ethics of the water commons and nature rights and addresses concerns of Penobscot Nation, says Hugh J. Curran of UMaine’s Peace and Reconciliation Program.
It starts with an 8:45 a.m. opening ceremony by gkisedtanamoogk of Wampanoag Nation and concludes with a 5 p.m. musical performance by Hawk Henries. John Bear Mitchell of Penobscot Nation will share stories after the opening ceremony and Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, will perform during lunch. A number of artists will display pieces at the event.
John Banks, director of the Department of Natural Resources at Penobscot Indian Nation, is the featured speaker for the morning session. Gail Darrell, New England Community Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will deliver the afternoon address.
After both lectures, facilitators will lead roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Jennifer Greene, executive director of the Water Research Institute, will moderate “The Intrinsic Nature of Water & a New Social Ethic for Water Resources.” Sherri Mitchell, executive director of the Land Peace Foundation, will facilitate “Indigenous Water Rights on a Global Scale.” Masanobu Ikemiya, a classically trained pianist who was a practicing monk for 10 years, will lead “Water and the Power of Music and Words to Heal.”
Cost is $35 per person/$25 for students and seniors. Attendees may bring a meal or purchase lunch for $5. For more information, email Curran at email@example.com or Emily Markides at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register or to request a disability accommodation, call Diana McSorley at 207.338.8000. Registration is also open 8-8:30 a.m. the day of the conference at the Hutchinson Center.
The Maine Edge previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman has organized a free two-day conference to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1–2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, says Huisman, UMaine associate professor of sociology.
SuEllen Hamkins, psychiatrist, co-creator of The Mother-Daughter Project and co-author of “The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence,” will deliver a presentation 5:30–9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Following her talk about challenges and successes of mother-daughter groups, those interested in starting groups will have an opportunity to interact. Refreshments will be provided.
Huisman modeled the Maine Mother-Daughter Project that she created after the book written by Hamkins and Renee Schultz. Both aim to foster understanding of societal forces that affect mothers and daughters and seek to create opportunities for them to strengthen bonds with each other and their respective communities.
Lyn Mikel Brown and Dana Bushee Hernandez will present Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) training about creating empowerment zones for girls from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. They’ll also talk about bringing Adventure Girls — a program for girls to meet female role models who defy gender stereotypes — to midcoast Maine. Brown is a professor of education at Colby College, co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, author of “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls” and co-author of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.” Bushee Hernandez is the training institute manager at HGHW. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The deadline to register for one or both of the free sessions is Oct. 15. Registration is online. To request a disability accommodation, contact Erica Hughes at 207.338.8034. For more information, visit umaine.edu/mainemotherdaughterproject, hghw.org and themother-daughterproject.com/ourbook.htm.