The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk on learning, equity and collaboration in Maine and Wabanaki wild shellfisheries, Monday, April 12, from 3 - 4 p.m.
The future of shellfishing across Maine and Wabanaki homelands is uncertain, as wild clam and mussel fisheries face pressures from warming ocean temperatures and unsustainable economic and social conditions, according to the Center, in a news release.
“There is room for optimism, however, as a growing network of partners across coastal shellfish communities work together for the health and resilience of these fisheries,” said the release.
The Maine Shellfish Learning Network (MSLN) plays a key role in these efforts with a mission to promote learning, leadership and equity in wild clam and mussel shellfisheries. The MSLN has helped create new spaces for collaboration, contributing to a variety of positive impacts for sustainability and adaptive capacity of the communities and fisheries.
In this talk, Bridie McGreavy, Anthony Sutton, and Gabrielle Hillyer will describe the process of building the network, progress on multiple projects and plans for collaborative legislative policy development.
McGreavy is an associate professor of environmental communication at UMaine and project leader for the MSLN. Sutton recently completed a doctorate in ecology and environmental sciences at UMaine, where he focused on Wabanaki food systems; and is community food facilitator for the MSLN.
Hillyer is MSLN project coordinator and a doctorate student in ecology and environmental sciences.
The talk is free and available via Zoom; registration is required. To register and receive connection information, please visit the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.