R/22-23-Mills Access and adaptation in Maine’s marine fisheries

Katherine Mills
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Kanae Tonkunaga
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

David Reidmiller
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Ben Martens
Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming places in the ocean. Marine fish and invertebrate communities are likely to change, as species tolerant to warming waters become more prolific and southern species expand their range northward. These changes may provide new opportunities and new fisheries in Maine. To take advantage of emerging opportunities, fishermen will need appropriate permits and licenses. This study will document the current status of permits for these species and identify various ways fishermen can access the fisheries.

Two-year project, 2022-2024
Sea Grant funds: $149,326