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Rise Up! - Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Our Future

May 14, 2022 – 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

On May 13, 14 and 15, Halcyon String Quartet will present Rise Up!—a series of multimedia performances in North Haven, Rockland, and Vinalhaven—that explores the impacts of sea level rise on these communities and coastlines through a combination of live music and projected film.

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Let's Talk: Ocean Climate Change—Science, Action, and Hope

May 5, 2022 – 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join Island Institute Marine Scientist Dr. Susie Arnold for a virtual discussion about ocean climate change in Maine and some of the strategies being implemented locally to mitigate and adapt to change. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Maine’s latest climate data, what it means for our coastal…

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Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Gulf of Maine’s Seafood Industry

April 26, 2022 – 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Our Climate Common, GMRI, and the Island Institute for an industry-focused conversation about greenhouse gas emissions in the Gulf of Maine’s seafood industry. Learn who’s working on this issue and explore new ideas to reduce emissions.

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Cooperative Maine Business Alliance Principle Six Conference

April 2, 2022 – 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Cooperative Maine Business Alliance (CMBA) will hold its 8th annual Principle Six Conference on April 2nd at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The event will help cooperatives, their staff and supporters build business skills while also inspiring democratic community action and provide networking opportunities for Maine’s…

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Island Institute Fellows Program: Past, Current, and Future Roles in Supporting Coastal Resilience

March 31, 2022 – 10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

The preparedness of coastal communities in Maine to major weather and climate threats is being tested by increasing physical and economic damages, social justice implications among mitigation and adaptation choices, and interrelated challenges for community wellbeing. On Thursday, March 31st, Session 4 of the 2022 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference…

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Community Conversation - Cranberry Isles

March 29, 2022 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a virtual community conversation with the Island Institute! Be part of a discussion about the challenges and opportunities you see for the Cranberry Isles. Learn more about the Island Institute’s work to navigate change for Maine's coast and islands, and join us to talk about some of…

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Climate Strong Islands Network Spring Gathering

March 23, 2022 – 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Climate Strong Islands Network (CSIN) members and allies for a virtual spring gathering, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. ET. During this online briefing, the Climate Strong Islands Network's leadership team will share the CSIN National Policy Framework and elaborate on seven key issue areas including: Clean…

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Island Fellows Information Session

March 7, 2022 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn more about the Island Fellow position and the application process at our Zoom information session! Our final Fellows information session for the 2022 application period will be held on March 7th, from 4-5 p.m. EST. This session will provide an overview of the fellowship and application process, plus time…

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Sea Level Rise Lecture with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

March 3, 2022 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sea level rise is a reality that will test Maine’s coastal communities and economies. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) will host Island Institute Marine Scientist Dr. Susie Arnold for a virtual lecture on sea level rise and its current and projected impacts on the Maine coast.

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Navigating Change: Strategies and Structures to Increase the Resilience of the Coast of Maine

February 28, 2022 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Island Institute Chief Community Development Officer Suzanne MacDonald for this special event, hosted by the University of Maine's Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, on Monday, February 28th, from 3-4 p.m. Learn how we collaborate with coastal communities to build resilience and help communities to adapt in a time of increasingly rapid change.

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Island Fellows Information Session

February 17, 2022 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Learn more about the Island Fellow position and the application process at one of our upcoming Zoom information sessions! Our first session is being held on February 17th, from 12-1 p.m. EST, and a second session will be held on March 7th, from 4-5 p.m. EST. Each session will provide…

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Young Leaders Series 2022

February 7 - March 7, 2022

Are you a young person looking to build leadership skills and connect with other young leaders? Join us for our 2022 Young Leaders Series, featuring four virtual, interactive sessions exploring key aspects of leadership. The 4-week series will offer participants the opportunity to actively take part in each discussion and…

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Community Conversation - Islesboro

January 13, 2022 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a virtual community conversation with the Island Institute! Share your thoughts and ideas about the challenges and opportunities you see for Islesboro, including those related to sea level rise, ferry service and island transportation, and housing. Meet the Island Institute’s new president, Tony Chatwin, as well as…

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Community Conversation - Swan's Island

December 15, 2021 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a virtual community conversation with the Island Institute! Be part of a discussion about the challenges and opportunities you see for Swan’s Island, and learn more about the Island Institute’s work to navigate change—including the challenges ahead for transportation to and from islands, fluctuations in island populations,…

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December Days of Cheer in Archipelago

December 1 - 11, 2021

Archipelago's December Days of Cheer are here! Archipelago, the Island Institute store, is celebrating the holiday season and their customers with a special 20% discount off of special collections of Maine-made items from December 1st to December 11th. Shop online or in the store. Store hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10-4.…

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2021 Maine Broadband Summit

November 18 - 19, 2021 – 2:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Join the Maine Broadband Coalition for the third annual(ish) Maine Broadband Summit, November 18-19, 2021. The broadband landscape in Maine has evolved since the last summit, and it’s time we convene to share and learn together as we continue forward toward statewide reliable internet access. Through two, half-day virtual sessions,…

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Accountability for Costs of Climate Change—Who Pays?

November 18, 2021 – 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join MDI's A Climate to Thrive and the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) to learn more about CCI’s work supporting communities across the country as they hold corporate polluters accountable for the impacts of climate change and explore how this type of action might help MDI communities alleviate the cost…

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Let’s Talk: The Superpowers of Seaweed

November 17, 2021 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a short film and virtual panel discussion looking at the “superpowers” of seaweed, and the research being done here in Maine to study the potential this sea vegetable offers to protect shellfish from the impacts of climate change.

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Virtual conversation with Island Institute President Tony Chatwin

November 4, 2021 – 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We invite all Island Institute members and donors to join us for this special virtual conversation with the Island Institute’s new president, Tony Chatwin! Hear from Tony about the Island Institute’s strategic priorities and goals as we move into 2022 and beyond, and learn more about our work helping Maine communities navigate change along our coast.

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Digital Equity: The Great Imperative of Our Time

October 26, 2021 – 1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

The income gap is widening at an alarming rate, and nothing short of revolution is likely to turn the tide. At the same time, the nation’s digital access gap, though equally distressing, is a source of hope. Technology provides the means to level the playing field. Being offline today means…

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Islands on the Front Line: Transition Lessons and Opportunities from Remote and Rural Communities

October 14, 2021 – 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Rural, remote, and island communities are on the frontlines of climate change. Innovative partnerships, community-driven planning, and informed clean energy investments have now become more crucial than ever in their efforts to navigate the transition and support energy and economic resilience for local populations. In this session during the 2021…

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Workforce Pathways Conference

October 7 - 8, 2021 – 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

The Workforce Pathways Conference is a two-day, virtual conference building on our 30+ years of hosting the Island Teachers Conference. The conference will be held online on Thursday, October 7th and Friday, October 8th. With the theme of "Connecting the Dots from Kindergarten to College and Career," our goal is…

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Community Conversation - Chebeague Island

September 23, 2021 – 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a virtual community conversation with the Island Institute! Be part of a discussion about the challenges and opportunities you see for Chebeague, and learn more about the Island Institute’s work to navigate change—including the challenges ahead for our marine-based economy, sea level rise, and opportunities around broadband…

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Virtual Island Summit 2021

September 8, 2021 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Resilient leaders are those who can take action in the face of uncertainty and rapid change. Join us online September 8th for our 2021 Virtual Island Summit session, "Building Leadership as a Community Development Strategy for Small Islands," and hear from community leaders, groups, and innovative organizations about how they are leading the way in creating resilient communities—by building from the inside out and fostering strong leadership across generations.

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Archipelago: 'Currents and Channels' gallery show

August 6 - October 2, 2021

Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” currently on display through September 25th. “Currents and Channels” looks at the Maine coast through the art of four local artists—each with unique perspectives, both geographically and conceptually, of the…

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Archipelago: 'Currents and Channels' artists' reception

August 6, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, on Friday, August 6th, from 5-8 p.m., for a special artists' reception to celebrate its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists.” This new show celebrates summer in Maine and looks at the Maine coast through the art of four…

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The Climate, Our Coast, and Our Communities

July 28, 2021 – 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

The Island Institute presents an evening of inspiring films about the climate, our coast, and solutions for a changing world. Join us at the Shotwell Drive-in in Rockport on July 28th to hear personal stories from those living on the frontlines of climate change and leading the way in planning for change and creating solutions.

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Oak Street Live Music Event in Rockland

June 26, 2021 – 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Don't miss out on this free live music event in Rockland, and support a good cause!  Saturday, June 26th at 8:30 p.m. on Oak Street in downtown Rockland. Featuring: — Bait Bag — Effs — Fonfon Ru We’re proud to join Cafe Miranda, Lulu's Ice Cream & Gelato, Camden International…

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Lunch & Learn: Preparing for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise

May 21, 2021 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sea level rise is one of the most pressing challenges facing the state of Maine. Join Maine Conservation Voters for this Lunch & Learn event to learn more about the Maine Legislature's efforts to analyze the impacts of sea level rise. Speakers include: Melanie Loyzim, Commissioner of Maine's Department of…

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2021 Philanthropy Partners Conference: Broadband 101

May 19, 2021 – 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Centering Equity: Shifting Power, Building Community The Maine Philanthropy Center's popular biennial Philanthropy Partners Conference (May 18-20) provides an important and rare opportunity for hundreds of funders and nonprofits working across Maine to speak frankly about common issues and current challenges. Through stories, experiences, discussion sessions, and relationship-building activities, attendees…

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Get Connected

April 22, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The current broadband bond will not be able to meet the needs for all Mainers. What are the connectivity options available for those in need? Join Bangor Daily News for the final discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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A Short Conversation on The Long Coast

April 13, 2021 – 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Island Institute is teaming up with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) and the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association to bring you The Long Coast, a new documentary by Wicked Delicate Films about the people who make their living on the water in Maine and whose lives are inextricably connected to…

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Artists & Makers Week: Friday Art Prompt LIVE

April 9, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us LIVE on Zoom on Friday, April 9, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for our final Daily Art Prompt with artist Kim Bernard—the Mystery Word workshop!

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Artists & Makers Week: Instagram Office Hours

April 8, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Hannah Richards, brand content strategist at Ethos in Westbrook, Maine, on Thursday, April 8, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for a special follow-up to Tuesday’s “Instagram Worthy” workshop with this hour of open Q&A.

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Digital Frontiers: Natural Resources

April 8, 2021 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join the Maine Broadband Coalition for the third installment of Digital Frontiers! This month’s topic is Natural Resources, looking into broadband use in the Farming, Forestry, and Marine sectors. Speakers feature: Alex Ingraham, President of Pingree Associates Rommy Haines, Former Director of the Maine Farm Bureau Boe Marsh, CEO of…

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Artists & Makers Week: A Conversation with Gabrielle Melchionda

April 7, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us Wednesday, April 7, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for a special virtual keynote session with Gabrielle Melchionda, owner of Mad Gab’s. A lifelong writer and storyteller, Gabrielle will talk about her personal relationship with inspiration and share how she pursues inspiration each day while running her 28-year-old business.

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Artists & Makers Week: Instagram Worthy

April 6, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us Tuesday, April 6, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, as Hannah Richards, brand content strategist at Ethos in Westbrook, Maine, walks us through the ins and outs of Instagram, and how to use it as a tool to tell your story.

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More Broadband, Less Sprawl

March 30, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Equitable and universal access to this essential service, regardless of geography and income, requires investments in locations urban to rural. Providing widespread access to high speed internet is comparable to the electrification efforts of the early 20th century—a way to bring all parts of the state up to the basic…

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Broadband’s Impact on Education in Maine

March 10, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

What are schools, colleges and communities dealing with when it comes to making sure their students are connected online? What are the biggest issues and challenges across the state? Join Bangor Daily News for the third discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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Island Fellows Virtual Information Session

March 4, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Interested in becoming an Island Institute Fellow? Join us for a virtual information session designed to get you up to speed on this unique opportunity on the Maine coast. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Island Institute staff and current Fellows, learn about the application process, and ask questions.

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Data Privacy, Security, & Accessibility

February 24, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How can you keep your data safe? What are the regulations around data privacy within the state? How can you access affordable internet and technology and who is there to help you? Join Bangor Daily News for the second discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Broadband Bond — What’s Next?

February 18, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We passed a bond in July to borrow $15 million to invest in high speed internet infrastructure, aka broadband. It’s the first ever bond investment of its kind in Maine. So…what’s next? Join Bangor Daily News for the first discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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Young Leaders Series

February 1 - March 1, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Are you a young person looking to build leadership skills and connect with other young leaders? Join us for the ILEAD Young Leaders Series, featuring four virtual, interactive sessions exploring key aspects of leadership. Not only will participants actively take part in each discussion, but they will have the opportunity…

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Business for Purpose and Profit: Workshop Series

January 28 - February 25, 2021 – 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for this free, five-week workshop series is designed to give businesses the tools to help deepen their impact with all stakeholders and pivot their business models to grow their social, environmental, and organizational impact. Consisting of online webinars, resources, and coaching, the series will focus on providing support…

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Business for Purpose and Profit: Panel Discussion

January 21, 2021 – 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Shifting to the Middle: Positive Impacts for Your Community and Your Bottom Line Join us on Thursday, January 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. EST, for an informative and impactful panel discussion highlighting the various ways businesses can balance both purpose and profit and use business as a force for the common…

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Expanding Broadband in Maine

December 15, 2020 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

COVID -19 has made access to reliable high-speed internet service more important than ever.  Today, broadband is the key to education, healthcare, business, civic engagement, working remotely and so much more. Maine is a rural state, where some residents still lack access to broadband. The Maine State Chamber hosted a…

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The Fight to Connect Maine

December 11, 2020 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted how essential reliable broadband internet is and yet many Mainers are still without access. Nick Battista, senior policy officer for the Island Institute, and chair of the ConnectMaine Board, joined the Maine Conservation Voters to discuss why advocates in all sectors should care about…

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December Days of Cheer in Archipelago

December 2 - 12, 2020

Archipelago celebrated the holiday season and their customers with a special 20% discount off of the products of the day, December 2-12. Safe shopping and curbside pickup available. Click here for the full schedule, and Happy Holidays from Archipelago!

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Let's Talk Maine Seafood

November 18, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Take part in this fun, informative webinar and learn how to prepare an entire meal featuring the best of Maine seafood, using traceable, sustainable food sources from the coast of Maine! Join three industry leaders from their home kitchens to learn about the variety of sustainable Maine seafood available today,…

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What's Your Best Business Structure — S-Corp, LLC, or Sole-Proprietor?

November 12, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Entity selection is a crucial decision made by business owners early in their company’s life. While some entity options allow for growth and expansion, other entity options could come with burdensome costs and unexpected consequences. In this free webinar, we covered the different types of entity options used by most…

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Driving Results and Sales with Online Marketing

October 14, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this virtual session, we helped develop a plan of attack to drive sales for the holidays and beyond. We will offered quick tips for success in driving sales on social media, on your website, with email, and paid advertising tactics that drive results. This session also included how to…

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How Much and How Fast? Helping Your Downeast or Midcoast Business Weather the Pandemic

October 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This free webinar, hosted by the Island Institute in partnership with Eastern Maine Development Corporation, provided information to Hanccock, Knox, Waldo, and Washington County businesses and nonprofits on the new low-interest, low entry-level loan program focused on Downeast and Midcoast communities in response to the Covid pandemic.

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2020 Island Teachers Conference

October 8 - 9, 2020

Striving for Equity: Rural Educators as Courageous Leaders The Island Institute's Education Team is excited to bring you our annual Island Teacher Conference—completely online for the first time, October 8-9! The conference offered a variety of learning opportunities centered around our theme, "Striving for Equity: Rural Educators as Courageous Leaders."…

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Developing Your Marketing Plan of Attack

October 7, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Every successful endeavor starts with a plan. In this free webinar, we walked through how to develop your plan of attack for the holiday season and beyond. We reviewed how to set goals, where to prioritize your time, and steps for success with your website, social media, search, email and…

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Coastal Maine Voices: Let's Talk Lobster

July 22, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this special online event we discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Maine's lobster businesses in 2020, and the recent impacts felt by this core Maine industry. We talked about the shifts and challenges that are reverberating through the industry in a number of ways, from market depletion to workforce…

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