Dispatches: 2017 Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Day 1


American Lobster.  Photo by US Geological Survey/Woods Hole, MA

eMolt Session Shows How Long-term Collaboration Pays off

This afternoon  I had a chance to listen in on Jim Manning’s discussion of eMolt at the forum. A diverse audience of 20+ fishermen, scientists, technologists, and managers attended. The eMOLT program has grown from a small collaboration with lobstermen to a wide array of collaborative projects with various industry sectors, educational programs, and scientists. Jim provided an overview of the various projects and asked collaborators to discuss their perspectives. The value of collaborative research and data collection was discussed at length and numerous ideas were developed for improvements to current projects and new projects that would be worth pursuing.

Jon Hare

NEFSC Science and Research Director


Emolt bottom temperature data site showing readings for the last 72 hours.  Each pin is a different vessel.


NEFSC Northeast Fisheries Observer Program has arrived. Table T-229, Bayport Ballroom, Samoset Inn.  Stop by from 9AM-5PM!  Photo by NOAA Fisheries/ NEFSC

 Day 2


Standing room only at this afternoon’s NOAA Fisheries Leadership Forum. Photo by NOAA Fisheries NEFSC/Stewart Des Meules


NOAA Fisheries leadership panelists (left to right) Jon Hare, NEFSC director; John Bullard, GAR regional administrator; Sam Rauch, Acting NOAA Fisheries director. Photo by NOAA Fisheries NEFSC/Stewart Des Meules


Day 3


NEFSC director Jon Hare (left) and NEFSC research fishery biologist John Manderson take questions from a crowd at the State of the Ecosystem Panel discussion. Photo by NOAA Fisheries/NEFSC Stewart Des Mueles


“The Food Guys,” Chef Jim LeVerso (left) and Mike Young, present their annual seminar on soups, stews, and chowders called “What’s in the Bowl?”  Their recipes from years of Maine Fishermen’s Forum seminars have been collected into a 15th anniversary cookbook.  Photo by NOAA Fisheries NEFSC/Stewart Des Mueles


Message in Bottle

When Cynthie Noel and her boyfriend Cyrus Antoine went for a ride in his truck to LaTitasse Beach on the Atlantic side of St. Lucia, neither expected to find a mysterious blue glass bottle with a message inside.  When Cyrus broke open the bottle, they found a postcard and picture from the crew members of NOAA ship Albatross IV.

message in bottle

Cynthie Noel with the found contents of a bottle launched from the NOAA ship Albatross IV.

The missive was launched on November 10, 2008 by TK Arbosto, a NOAA NEFSC employee.  She contacted us on June 22, 2011, writing “I was really excited to get the message in the bottle because I’ve heard of people getting it, and never knew that this day would be my turn. . . it was a day I won’t forget.”

TK Arbosto puts a note and photo in a bottle hoping it will be found by some new contact on shore.

This bottle was one of 32 that had be launched on the final voyage of NOAA’s research vessel, the Albatross IV.  Earlier, one of these bottles was found in the Azores; you can read that story here.

Stay tuned as we see how many connections we can make with people all across the globe!