Seafood Industry hosts gubernatorial forum at Strand

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ROCKLAND — On Thursday, Oct. 4, members of Maine’s seafood industry will descend on The Strand Theatre in Rockland to question and listen to the voices of all four candidate’s vying the governor’s seat (Alan Caron, Janet Mills, Shawn Moody, and Terry Hayes).

The forum will last from 5 to 7 p.m. All members of the seafood industry as well as those concerned about its wellbeing are invited to attend at no cost.

“This is a way for guys in every fishery and fishing business to hear from all the candidates on the issues that matter to us. Together, we make a big economic impact in Maine and these candidates need to hear what our concerns are and how their decisions impact our lives,” said Cutler fisherman, Kristan Porter, in a news release.

Each candidate will be given the opportunity to answer several questions throughout the evening by forum moderator, James Wright. Wright has nearly 20 years of journalism experience and has contributed to several seafood industry titles including, SeaFood Business magazine and SeafoodSource. In 2015, Wright joined the Global Aquaculture Alliance to become editor of the Global Aquaculture Advocate and steer its transition from print to online.

“It might not seem like who’s governor impacts us out of the boat, but who they decide to appoint Commissioner and if they think the industry is a priority does,” said Gerry Cushman, a fifth-generation fishermen from Port Clyde, in the release. “I want to hear what they’re all thinking before I vote.”

Questions asked during the Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum come from the concerns of the industry. Compiled by the host committee organizations (Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association, Alewife Harvesters of Maine, Maine Aquaculture Association, and the Maine Lobstermen’s Union), the list of queries span several of the coast’s prominent seafood sectors.

“I, along with the host committee, am looking forward to hearing how the candidates respond to the current priorities of Maine’s seafood industry,” forum host committee lead and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association’s Community Programs Associate, Kendra Jo Grindle said as she prepares for the event. “The success of this event is really attributed to the industry’s members. The sectors showed a united front to ensure all candidates know the importance of their attendance.”

Due to seating constraints, the host committee does ask those wishing to attend RSVP by visiting the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association website ( or by going to the event’s Eventbrite page (  

For more information, questions, and media inquiries, contact Kendra Jo Grindle at


Event Date: 

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Strand Theatre, Rockland