Webinar: An American Icon – Understanding the Maine Lobster Industry

September 4, 2020

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As the oldest continuously operated industry in North America, the Maine Lobster fishery is a New England icon. For the Mainers it sustains, many of whom come from multi-generational lobstering families, it represents a defining part of the culture and identity of coastal Maine. Driven by independently owned local businesses, it is an economic powerhouse that contributes over $1 billion to Maine’s economy each year for businesses on and off the water. Learn what sets this industry apart, what it means to Maine and how it continues to bolster local communities.  

Register here to get access to the on-demand Seafood Source webinar, originally broadcasted on August 21, 2020, as Maine lobsterman Jim Dow and Dr. Bob Bayer of the University of Maine discuss:

  • The history of the fishery dating back to the 1600s
  • The integral role the fishery has played defining Maine’s identity
  • How an industry driven by small, local businesses has developed into a thriving coastal economy worth over $1 billion annually
  • What makes the Maine Lobster industry unique, including the sustainability measures lobstermen have practiced for over 120 years

Download the An American Icon: Understanding the Maine Lobster Industry presentation.

About Our Speakers:

Jim Dow is a fifth-generation lobstermen based out of Bass Harbor. He started fishing at the young age of eight years old on a skiff built by his grandfather. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and spending time at his camp on Beech Hill Pond with his family.

Dr. Bob Bayer is the Director Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine. For over 40 years, lobster research has been his mission, and he is currently the lead scientist at Lobster Unlimited, LLC, a company that specializes in repurposing lobster processing waste for medicinal uses. He has also co-authored several books and industry manuals and collaborated on dozens of articles for a variety of professional journals.