Fishing in Downeast Maine has changed dramatically since populations of groundfish like cod, haddock and flounder collapsed twenty years ago. Manomet has partnered with the Downeast Salmon Federation and the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries to form the Downeast Fisheries Partnership (DFP), a large-scale effort to tackle the complex problem of restoring the regional fisheries.
The partnership aims to recreate fish habitat, diversify the fishing economy by better controlling when and where fishing occurs, create stewardship and management programs in which fishermen are active partners, develop new markets for fisheries products and document the outcomes and lessons learned so that the methods can be expanded to other regions. The DFP is using a collaborative, expansive approach to restore healthy fisheries and build a future for fishing in Downeast Maine.
To learn more, visit the Downeast Fisheries Partnership website at http://www.downeastfisheries.org/.