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Downeast Fisheries Trail 2017 Celebration
Tue, May 9, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Please join us on May 9, 2017, at the Schoodic Insitute for a Downeast Fisheries Trail Celebration and Field Trip!
The Downeast Fisheries Trail is celebrating FIVE successful years of helping to connect residents and visitors with our rich fisheries heritage and culture.
We invite you to come meet fellow Fisheries Trail Site Hosts and Trail Partners, share your experience as a Site Host, and brainstorm with the trail's Coordinating Committee on how the Downeast Fisheries Trail can better help Sites and communities to succeed.
We'll hear from several regional tourism and fisheries partners, enjoy a networking lunch, and then take an optional tour of the Schoodic section of the Downeast Fisheries Trail, including a tour of Maine Fair Trade Lobster and several Schoodic Scenic Byway sites.
We will host a Pecha Kucha style story-telling opportunity during lunch...please bring a 3-minute success story to share, or a summary of your Trail Site's upcoming goals, or an event you are particularly excited about.
Please bring your organization's brochures to share with other Host Sites.
Registration begins at 8:30, presentations begin at 9:00.
Let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions.
For more info, contact Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant, email@example.com
This event is organized by the Downeast Fisheries Trail Coordinating Committee (members include Maine Sea Grant, Sunrise County Economic Council, Penobscot Marine Museum, the Lobster Institute, and Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism) with special thanks to the Schoodic Scenic Byway, Downeast Resource Conservation & Development, and Schoodic Institute).
Why host the Downeast Fisheries Trail celebration at Schoodic in 2017?
Schoodic is home to active commercial fisheries, both in the past and in the present, as well as part of Acadia National Park. The Schoodic Peninsula faced the closure of a Navy base several years ago, which triggered an extensive community visioning process, leading to the development of the Schoodic Education and Research Center, Schoodic Arts for All, the Schoodic Scenic Byway and other initiatives. The region also faced the devastating closure of another important employer, the Stinson Sardine Factory. After much local and state effort, the plant was re-opened as Maine Fair Trade Lobster, now one of the state’s leading lobster processing plants.
More land was conserved as part of Acadia National Park in 2016, including, a brand new National Park campground, and a new initiative to open a marine education center on the peninsula. Combined, these efforts bring people from far reaches of the earth to this corner of Downeast Maine, and have helped keep the Schoodic Peninsula a vital community, despite the changes.
The changes along the Schoodic Peninsula have illustrated larger trends in the fishing industry, including the demise of the sardine industry and rise of the lobster industry, as well as a need to identify ways to stimulate income outside of fishing. Tourism, along with the artists and outdoor adventurers who are part of the tourism economy, is certainly an important and growing factor on the Peninsula, but if the annual Lobster Boat races in Winter Harbor are any indication, fisheries heritage still holds an important place in this community’s heart....