At last year's Fishermen's Forum, Doug Cornman, Ted Hoskin and Hilton Turner swap stories. The forum this year opens March 1. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MAINE SEACOAST MISSION

Fishermen’s Forum nears

ROCKPORT — The 43rd annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum kicks off at the Samoset Resort on Thursday, March 1.

More than 30 free seminars over three days will touch on topics affecting the state’s fisheries.

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is set to hold its 64th annual meeting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Friday afternoon, a panel on “Can right whales and fishing rope co-exist?” is planned.

Preregistration is required for the social events following Thursday, Friday and Saturday seminars. There will be a seafood reception and silent auction, fish dinner and a closing banquet and dance.

For schedules and detailed seminar descriptions, visit

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