Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant
Being a successful fisherman or woman in 2016 requires innovation, tenacity, and grit. By some measures, these are the same qualities fishermen relied on to find and catch fish 20 or 40 years ago. The difference is that today’s fishermen need to be creative business entrepreneurs and savvy policy analysts, as well as the topnotch ecological observers they have been for generations. That’s a lot of pressure on young folks who want to make their living on the water.
This is Natalie Springuel from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we will talk with young fishermen as well as participants in the Eastern Maine Skippers Program about what it takes to train youth so they have the diverse skills and knowledge needed to succeed on the water and what qualities today’s young fishermen need to survive in this ever changing industry and marine environment.
As always, your insights, experience, and questions are welcome as part of the conversation. So, make a note to tune in Friday morning, September 23rd from 10-11 AM, when this month’s Coastal Conversation is about the next generation of leaders in Maine’s fishing industry.
Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at WERU.org.
Chritina Fifiled, Penobscot East Resource Center and Eastern Maine Skippers
Cyrus Sleeper, Fishermen and board member of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
Audio clips of a High School student on North Haven, and former Maine State Senator Dennis Damon, both from the Eastern Maine Skippers celebration, May 2016, at Ellsworth High School.