STONINGTON Sixteen years ago, Ted Ames, his wife, Robin Alden, Ted Hoskins and a handful of other members of a group called the Stonington Fisheries Alliance banded together to establish the Penobscot East Resource Center with an eye toward encouraging Maine fishermen to become active in the management of their fisheries.
Last week, a dozen or so current and former staff members of what is now the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, representatives of both Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Angus King and assorted friends and family gathered at the center’s offices overlooking Stonington Harbor to toast Ames on his retirement from the organization’s board of directors.
In 2005, Ames was one of 25 recipients of a so-called “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A year later, he was the subject of an extensive profile in the New Yorker.
Those accolades were the fruits of Ames’ scholarly study and passionate advocacy for Maine’s fisheries that define the mission for the organization he, Alden, Hoskins and others created.
As staff members and guests raised a toast on his retirement, Ames reflected that the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, was “not a pipe dream as it was described 20 years ago,” but rather had grown to a vital organization now with a staff of a dozen.