Maine's Working Waterfront: Personal and Professional Reflections
The Working Waterfront has received a good deal of media attention in the past year. From Portland's proposed referendum to conflict over aquaculture lease sites to the Land For Maine's Future Fund and the oft cited statistic that of Maine's 3,500 miles of coast, only 20 are protected as working waterfront, Maine is in a constant conversation about what its coastline should look like. Join Merritt Carey for a discussion about the working waterfront, its importance to Maine's economy, and what it means work on the waterfront in Maine today. Merritt will share personal reflections and observations about the changing culture along the coast, as well as professional insights from her work as a board member of the Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op, the Maine Aquaculture Co-op, and Luke's Lobster.
This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.
Since childhood, Merritt’s life has always been connected to the sea and to the small coastal village of Tenants Harbor. Aboard her 13ft Boston Whaler, Merritt’s first job was delivering cooked lobster, steamers, and mussels in waxed brown paper bags to cruising yachts visiting the harbor. Merritt attended Brown University and then went back to sea, first as part of the second all-female team to compete in the Whitbread Around the World Ocean Race and then as a member of the first all-female America’s Cup team. After a short stint practicing law, Merritt began consulting and doing communications work in fisheries and rural economic development. In 2016, with other local fishermen in the area and with Luke Holden from Luke’s Lobster, Merritt helped found the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op, Maine's only vertically integrated fisherman's co-op. Later that year, working collaboratively with a group of fishermen, Merritt was instrumental in founding Maine’s first aquaculture co-op. The Maine Aquaculture Co-op brought Maine’s first farm-raised scallops to market last winter and is continuing to expand its landings. Merritt has three children and lives in Yarmouth. She spends her summers in Tenants Harbor running the Luke’s Lobster shack that sits on the wharf of the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op. In her (elusive) spare time, Merritt can be found riding her horse Flurry and writing about her myriad of life experiences in her blog, Merritt in Maine.