June 15th, 2019 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Celebrating Georgetown’s Fishing Heritage & the Future of the Fisheries
Georgetown, Maine has been an important fishing community for hundreds of years. Over those centuries, the maritime community has expanded and contracted and expanded again depending on changing tastes, the state of the fisheries, and the environment that sustains them.
Recently, members of Georgetown’s diverse maritime community have engaged in multiple efforts to map out a sustainable future, all with an eye to support the next generation and extend Georgetown’s future as a great place to live with an active fishing community.
Over the last year, a group of lobstermen and clammers have established over seven oyster farms in Robinhood Cove that are currently producing oysters for sale. Another group has been hauling green crabs and experimenting with ways to harvest this invasive species. Across Maine, fishermen are exploring aqua-farming as a means to diversify from traditional lobstering – realizing that no one approach is a magic bullet.
Presented by Robinhood Free Meetinghouse with support from Sea Coast Vacation Rentals, Sea the Future aims to educate a wide audience on Georgetown’s heritage as a fishing community and broader attempts to adapt our fishing practices and customer palates to the realities imposed upon us by the changing nature of our fisheries, environmental changes and economics.
Join us for a Delicious and Educational Day!
Maine Aquaculture & The Georgetown Experience: The Georgetown Story – Learn about the development of aquaculture in Maine and how Georgetown’s aqua-farmers are rising to the opportunity and challenge.
Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Manomet
Chad Campbell, Georgetown Aquaculture
Caitlin Cleaver, FB Environmental Associates, Maine Aquaculture Cooperative
Sarah Redmond, Maine Seaweed Exchange
Josh Stoll, UMaine
Bounty of Georgetown: Dinner: Join us after the panel for a dinner of marine life raised, caught, or harvested in Georgetown – with a few sustainable options from farther afield thrown in! Oysters, clams, green crabs and whatever the sea produces that week will be on the menu. Reservations are required in advance.
Kayak the cove: For the more adventurous we are sponsoring a special guided kayak tour of Robinhood Cove prior to the evening panel and dinner. Noted Maine guide Ian Ramsey will lead an afternoon on the cove exploring the home to oyster farms and lobster pots. Boaters will meet at the Meetinghouse at 11:30 and be treated to a post-paddle reception afterwards prior to the panel. Space is limited to 16 kayakers, and boats are provided! Fee is $30 and includes pre-paddle coffee.
Dinner Tickets are $55 a person and include tax and gratuity. Wine, beer and cocktails will be available for sale.
Menu (subject to change based on availability)
Robinhood Cove Oysters – Maple Ginger Mignonette
Smoked Alewife Fish Dip, Pickled Seaweed, Quahog Stuffies
Green Crabs & Friends
Hor Mok Talay – Green Crab-Infused Soup, Scallops
The Fisherman Decides For Us
Lemon Mousse, Berries