We work with Maine’s 120 island and coastal communities to address their unique challenges. From fishermen and women and the businesses that support the working waterfront, to the artists and makers who create a livelihood inspired by our rugged coast, our mission is to ensure our coastal communities thrive—now and in the years ahead.
By leveraging our passion, expertise, and ingenuity and focusing our work on the growth, diversification, and resilience of Maine’s coastal economy, we can ensure that our coastal communities will lead as examples of creativity and sustainability in Maine and beyond.
Maine’s marine living resources are a mainstay of our state’s economy. As we help invest in the resilience of our marine industry, we're ready to help aquaculturists and fishermen, community leaders, and small business owners tackle the challenges ahead and build sustainability in the face of change.
While lobster remains our state's primary export, the Maine coast offers a diverse array of seafood that is critical to our working waterfront. We are committed to growing this part of our economy, sustainably and responsibly, to ensure the preservation and improvement of Maine's marine livelihoods.
Maine’s working waterfronts are under intense pressure due to rapid development, climate change, and more. Loss of access points to the ocean translate into loss of livelihoods for our fisheries and waterfront businesses. We have the opportunity to act now and sustain this vital piece of our state and economy.