Steneck to present Maine Marine Fare Conference keynote, Free Press reports

The Free Press reported the Penobscot Marine Museum will host the Maine Marine Fare Conference at Searsport’s Union Hall 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 28. Experts from around the state will gather to address a variety of fisheries-related topics, according to the article. The central theme is that Maine is diversifying its fisheries: aquaculture is introducing more marketable species; multinational companies are applying for land-based aquaculture permits; traditional bait fish stocks are running short and new sources need to be found; the removal of dams means more fish are returning to the Penobscot Nation’s sovereign waters; and women are breaking into the fish catch and processing arenas, the article states. Sessions include the keynote presentation, “The Current State of the Gulf of Maine Fisheries,” by Bob Steneck, a professor of marine biology and marine policy at the University of Maine; and a land-based aquaculture panel moderated by Steve Eddy, director of UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research. Republican Journal also advanced the conference.