Captain Keith Colburn, above, who appears on the popular Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch,” is set to speak as part of a panel on oceans at the Fisherman’s Forum next week. Left, the staff of Nautilus Marine at their booth at last year’s forum. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

‘Deadliest Catch’ Capt. to speak at 41st Maine Fisherman’s Forum



ROCKPORT — Mainers have a chance to hear “Deadliest Catch” wisdom from Alaskan crab boat skipper Capt. Keith Colburn as fishermen and members of related industries gather at the Samoset Resort in Rockport for the 41st annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.

The four-day event gets underway on Thursday, March 3, with a “Shellfish Day” filled with seminars covering topics ranging from municipal shellfish aquaculture to water quality to the issue of finding microplastics in shellfish harvested from the supposedly pristine ocean. The programs will be led by a cadre of scientists from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and elsewhere, as well as shellfish farmers and municipal shellfish committee members.

Also on the schedule are a program aimed at helping processors and other people who handle seafood understand the requirements of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety program and a seminar covering changes in the ocean environment experienced by fishermen throughout the world.

The full program – including more than 30 seminars on subjects related to the fishing industry, gear, regulations and the like – gets into full swing on Friday, March 4. That’s when the Maine Lobstermen’s Association will host its 62nd Annual Meeting.

Among the other organizations scheduled to hold annual meetings at the forum are the Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association, the Alewife Harvesters of Maine and the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association.

In addition to seminars and meetings, the forum offers several family entertainment programs and a trade show with more than 130 exhibitors displaying goods and services ranging from lobster traps to lobster boats and the engines that power them.

The social highlights of the event are the annual Seafood Reception Thursday evening, the Fresh Fish Dinner and scholarship auction Friday night and the Saturday banquet dinner and dance.

For information, contact Chilloa Young at 442-7700 or [email protected]

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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