This FIP is focused on the wild harvest of mussels in the state of Maine (USA). The goals of this project are to establish and increase collection of stock status data, to establish harvest control rules and objectives for a management plan, and to assess the impacts of mussel harvest on the ecosystem. This is a fishery that occurs in state waters, and is managed by the Department of Marine Resources in Maine. There are both wild and farmed mussel industries in Maine – this FIP is focused on the wild fishery, which includes harvesters targeting adult mussels to be sold into the marketplace directly, and harvesters targeting seed mussels to transplant to bottom aquaculture leases for farming purposes. Most of the fishery is executed with drag gear, and there is a small amount of hand raking that occurs. The work group includes members from both the wild and bottom aquaculture industries, in addition to processors, distributors, and a major retailer, who are all committed to the long-term sustainability of this fishery in Maine.
This FIP is focused on the wild harvest of mussels in the state of Maine (USA).
Our primary goals for this FIP are:
- Baseline stock status data is collected and a mechanism is established for maintaining data collection into the future (by January 2021).
- Harvest control rules are established that protect the long-term sustainability of the mussel fishery and those whose livelihoods depend on it (by June 2021).
- Assess the impacts of mussel harvest on the ecosystem, including habitat and other species (by June 2020).
- Establish the objectives and components for a state-wide mussel fishery management plan with appropriate governance and community engagement to ensure long-term sustainability of the mussel fishery and access for local harvesters (by January 2021).
FIP at a Glance