With Smart Policy, Fisheries Can Be an Even Bigger Player in Maine Economy

.A group of about 20 lobster fishermen in Tenants Harbor are making waves this summer as they embark on a brand-new business model that gets their catch to customers faster than ever before and puts more money in their own pockets. The members of the newly formed Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-Op expect to land half a million pounds of lobster this year. They’ve entered a…

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Ocean farmers are using technology to start an economic revolution and save humanity

WRITTEN BY Bren Smith Executive director, GreenWaveOBSESSION The Sea April 07, 2016 I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption. I was born and raised in…

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Testimony on Ferry Safety Bill

Good afternoon Senator Collins, Representative McLean and members of the Transportation Committee,I am here to present LD 1468, An Act to Improve the Safety of Ferries in the StateWe are lucky here in Maine that we have a professional, committed and competent group of mariners who have done an outstanding job of operating our “Island Highways”. The Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) has an outstanding…

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It’s a Wrap

In what sounded more like a whimper than a bang, the Legislature finally adjourned on July 16–one month past statutory adjournment. Because of the record-breaking number of  vetoes that I wrote about in my previous column, the Legislature was forced to add to the lengthy process of completing our work by also taking up each vetoed bill. And, in most cases, we overrode the votes…

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Some great letters to the editor have been published, here are a couple samples. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a letter!

Vote for My Dad, Dave Miramant:  He Sees the Big Picture  Anyone who knows my dad isn’t surprised that he is running for State Senate, and not only because of his great experience from his term on the selectboard in Camden, his time on the Personnel Committee or his years being in the House of Representatives.  I say this because anyone who knows him knows that he is driven by an innate desire to…

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10,000 Homes and Counting!

When asked how many homes I had visited during my campaigns for the House and Senate, I checked and found that I have been to over 10,000 homes in Knox County! It has been an amazing education for me in many ways. I have heard ideas that help address challenges we are facing, concerns about our future and the fast pace of change, and ideas…

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Slammin’ Community Stories

Great fun in Hope last night! Clare Muireann Murphy was an excellent storyteller and entertainer. She was able to connect from her heart and paint a picture with her words. With her help, my first turn at a Story Slam seemed easy. It felt like she has always been part of the amazing community that we have here in the Midcoast area. 

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A Productive Summit on Climate Change

daveformaine: I met with Shenna Bellows at the Climate Change Summit in Augusta. 100 folks sharing information and working hard to understand the challenges and solutions. The Expo was full of exhibits and information and was very well attended. It was great to see the young folks from the nearby schools. They were asking thoughtful questions about the condition of the environment and the changes…

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