Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, and the Island Institute, with support from the Maine Fishermen’s Forum Board of Directors.
Parker Gassett, was a University of Maine graduate student in marine policy living in Camden, ME at the time of this interview.
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Parker talks about a values-based approach to science and citizen science, and describes his graduate work on getting water quality tools to community members along the coast of Maine. He explains the reasons he developed a sense of place around the Maine coast, how that’s been shaped by time away, and what he sees changing in these special communities. By involving citizens in scientific data collection and research, Parker believes it not only helps address the challenges posed by climate change but also fosters a stronger connection between people and their environment, leading to more effective conservation efforts and sustainable practices. Additionally, Parker notes the significance of preserving Maine's unique culture, promoting self-reliance, and reinventing industries to be more environmentally friendly and economically viable for the region.
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