One of our favorite places for cool marine science research and activities, The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) partners with local communities to conduct scientific research that improves ocean stewardship in the Gulf of Maine. And, if you’re interested in lobsters, they have a cool lecture event coming up. See below for details.
Not sure what the Gulf of Maine is? Well, one hint is that Star Island and the Isles of Shoals are located within the Gulf of Maine. Essentially, the word gulf refers to a large bay that is an arm of an ocean or sea. The Gulf of Maine is on the East Coast of North America with Cape Cod, Massachusetts as it’s southern boundary and Cape Sable in Nova Scotia, Canada as it’s northern boundary. It’s a place where quite a lot of marine science research takes place. Check out the map of it below:
Now on to the event that might be of interest if you’re in the area:
On the Rocks: A Lobstering Life
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 7 – 8 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Cost: Free, open to the public
Location: GMRI, 350 Commercial Street, Portland
Parking: Free, adjacent lot
You must RSVP to Christina Traister, Donor Relations Manager, email@example.com, 207-228-1622
For centuries, generations of Mainers have harvested lobster for consumers from near and far. But what’s it really like to make a living as a lobsterman? Join Curt Brown as he reflects on a life shaped by lobstering in Maine.
Brown says, “In the spring of 1993 I received my first lobster license at just 13 years old. Although it was only a piece of paper, it meant entrance into a group of people I had idolized for years. That first summer I worked as a sternman so that I could save up money to buy my own boat. Six days a week I was at the boat by 5 a.m. and every day contributed to an education that continues today. Baiting, banding, hauling, and setting were the easy parts. The real lesson I learned was that there is no substitute for hard work.”
“Let me share with you the sense of wonder I felt the first time I saw a lobster trap come up from the bottom of the ocean over the rail of a boat full of snapping claws and smelly fish…and why, 25 years and thousands of traps later, that same sense of wonder is still with me every day.”
About the Speaker
Curt Brown grew up lobstering in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Today he fishes 500 traps out of his 33′ lobster boat. Curt has undergraduate degrees in history and biology from Union College and masters degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. In addition to lobstering, Curt works part-time as a research associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
You can see GMRI’s upcoming schedule and hear audio recordings of previous lectures at www.gmri.org/seastate.