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 received funding for a Harpswell Needs Assessment from the Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant to better understand the Harpswell Fishing Community needs. Throughout the 2017 year, the Manie Coast Fishermen's Association has been working to complete an in-depth needs assessment of the vast fishing community within the town of Harpswell. Through one-on-one and group interviews, data concerning the needs, gaps, strengths, possible solutions have been gathered at a community level and has covered the numerous fisheries, infrastructures, and support personnel that interact with the fishing community. All data collected will be showcased 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.
The group is also beginning to develop an idea for a “Seafood Week”.
Dan Deveraux, Brunswick Marine Resources Officer & Harbormaster
Dana Hole, Harpswell Fisherman
Darcie Couture, Resource Access International, LLC & Harpswell Marine Resources
Hugh Cowperthwaite, CEI
Jon Rogers, Harpswell Fisherman
John Naylor, Rosemont Market
Kate Holcomb, Tao Restaurant
Lee Cataldo, BTLT
Monique Coombs, MCFA
Sarah Curran, Planning Decisions, Inc.
The Seafood Advisory group does not have a regular meeting schedule yet.
To learn more about or become involved with the Seafood Advisory group, please contact Monique Coombs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Maine Coast Fisherman's Association, with support from the Merrymeeting Food Council's Seafood Advisory work group, applied for funds from the Maine Community Foundation's Community Building Grant Program to conduct a needs assessment in Harpswell to identify trends, opportunities, and challenges in seafood harvesting and production.