Monique Coombs, 2022. “Discreet working waterfronts are a lifeline for Maine fishermen”, Shore & Beach, 90(2), 3-6.
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Coastal Forum: Discreet working waterfronts are a lifeline for Maine fishermen
Director of Community Programs, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
93 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine; email@example.com
There is a full spectrum of working waterfronts along Maine’s rocky coast, from large wharves where millions of pounds of lobster cross the dock each year to much smaller wharves that are used by only one or two fishermen1 to store and maintain gear. The smaller wharves resemble the quintessential images of Maine docks — quite charming but with planks and pilings in need of repair — while some of the larger wharves are more modern, with conveyor belts and paved parking areas. The variety of working waterfronts specific to commercial fishing all provide a sense of place for fishermen and their families. Working waterfronts support fishing activity, are a beacon to return home to after a long trip at sea, and some provide the necessary access to the water that fishermen require for business.