The Seafood Advisory Group is a group of local professionals and community members working to create a space for seafood in the Merrymeeting area, as well as, further the seafood conversation in other food councils by creating a template for success. 


The Seafood Advisory group does not have a regular meeting schedule. To learn more about or become involved with the Seafood Advisory group, please contact merrymeetingfc@gmail.com.


The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association with support from the Seafood Advisory group received funding for a Harpswell Needs Assessment from the Holbrook Community Foundation to better understand the Harpswell Fishing Community needs. Throughout 2017, the Manie Coast Fishermen's Association worked to complete an in-depth needs assessment of the fishing community in Harpswell. Through one-on-one and group interviews, data concerning the needs, gaps, strengths, possible solutions have been gathered at a community level that cover the numerous fisheries, infrastructures, and support personnel that interact with the fishing community. All data collected were presented to the community in a public meeting in early 2018 as well as housed on industry and town websites. The goal is not only to identify these needs but also lay the foundation for future projects and programs that will sustain the fishing community of Harpswell for future generations. Read more about this project on the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association website or download the full Beyond the Bow report.

The group is also considering ideas for a “Seafood Week”.

in the News

Grant proposal to strengthen the seafood industry in Harpswell

The Maine Coast Fisherman's Association, with support from the Merrymeeting Food Council's Seafood Advisory work group, received funds from the Holbrook Community Foundation to conduct a needs assessment in Harpswell to identify trends, opportunities, and challenges in seafood harvesting and production. Read the full Forecaster article here.


Contact merrymeetingfc@gmail.com to get involved!