Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 02 July 2010
As Fourth of July weekend approaches, what is more American than residents of a town reaching out to help a Louisiana fishing community that is suffering from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
In Maine, a Bangor Daily News editorial http://bangordailynews.com/2010/06/30/opinion/helping-gulf-fishermen/ this week relates the story of Down-East fishermen who found a way to help their Gulf Coast brethren, free of corporate or bureaucratic red tape.
Little Cranbury Island lobstermen organized a fundraising community dinner featuring local seafood donated for the dinner and an accompanying raffle. A true community effort, island residents turned out in full and raised $1,915.
Next, they got to work to determine how and where to send the money. A little Internet research led them to the fishing community of Dulac, La., which is about the size of the Little Cranbury Island community of Isleford. Isleford's postmaster then contacted Dulac's postmaster to inquire where to send the money.
The answer was to send the funds to the Dulac Community Center, a mission project of the United Methodist Church, which provides help to the area. And that's just what they did.
According to the editorial, the Isleford residents hope that other Maine communities will follow suit. We do, too. In fact, let's widen the effort.
There are fishing communities on all coasts that have the same kind of heart Isleford does. If such a movement catches on in fishing communities, then it can catch on in more landlocked towns, too.
And if enough towns follow Isleford's lead, then Gulf Coast fishing communities could receive some sorely needed assistance — not to mention a little love.
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.
The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.Read more...
Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.
Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.Read more...