Maine Lobster Fishery Awarded Prestigious International Certification
Governor Paul R. LePage announced Sunday that the iconic Maine
lobster fishery has received the prestigious international Marine
Stewardship Council’s Sustainable Seafood Certification.
MSC certification recognizes ecologically sound practices, from
the harvest through delivery to consumer. Certification provides a
competitive advantage in marketing to the growing number of retailers
and consumers around the world who place a premium on seafood harvested
in an environmentally responsible, sustainable manner.
To achieve MSC certification, fisheries are assessed based on a
rigorous set of standards that include the health of the fish stock,
marine ecosystem protection, and the effectiveness of fishery
management. Within these core areas are 31 performance indicators used
by accredited independent, third-party certification bodies to evaluate a
fishery applying for certification.
“This global certification program will open new markets
worldwide and just as important it will provide the means to trace our
certified lobsters, no matter where in the world they end up, back to
waters of Maine,” said Governor LePage.
2013 Big E Applications Due March 22
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
is inviting Maine businesses and organizations to apply for exhibit
space in the State of Maine Building at the 2013 “Big E”. The Big E will
be held from September 13 thru September 29.
The Eastern States Exposition (Big E) takes place every
September in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Last year’s attendance set
a new record, with 1,365,896 fairgoers passing through the Big E gates
over seventeen days. The State of Maine building showcases Maine foods
and products, as well as features information on Maine’s many
recreational and vacation opportunities.
DACF is providing Maine businesses and organizations with the
opportunity to rent commercial space in the State of Maine Building.
More than 850,000 of the fairgoers visit the state buildings located on
the Avenue of States, affording a tremendous opportunity to promote
Maine and Maine products.
The Department’s goal at the Big E is to “exhibit, publicize,
and advertise Maine’s products and resources in agriculture, industry,
fisheries, wildlife and recreation.” By presenting fairgoers with a
balance of educational and commercial exhibits, participants exemplify
Maine and its unique way of life. Only items which are produced, grown,
crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in
the Maine building.
The deadline for completed applications to be received is
Friday, March 22. All applications will be reviewed by a selection
committee which recommends to the Department of Agriculture,
Conservation and Forestry exhibitors best suited to meet the goals of
the building. The exhibitors chosen to participate in this years’ event
will be notified on Monday, April 1.
For more information about the Big E, please visit http://www.thebige.com/. Please call (207)287-3494 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the complete Application Packet.
Governor's Conference on Education
Governor Paul R. LePage announced the opening of general
registration for his upcoming education conference, which will feature
presentations on promising practices and innovative reforms from around
The March 22 conference, the Governor’s Conference on Education:
Putting Students First, will feature keynote speaker Tony Bennett, the
commissioner of education in Florida, along with leaders from other
education organizations across the country. Bennett will talk about the
innovative work Florida has undertaken to support school improvement,
including a school performance grading system. Maine is exploring
similar initiatives, though it has not committed to them.
“One of my highest priorities is to improve and expand our
children’s educational opportunities,” Governor LePage said. “While many
good things are going on in Maine’s schools, we can always learn from
the success of other states, too.”
Governor LePage and the Maine Department of Education initially
invited key stakeholders, including superintendent, principal, and
teacher associations and their members, as well as legislators and
policy makers. They have now opened up registration for the conference
to the general public. A small number of seats remain available.
The conference will be held
Friday, March 22 at Cony High School in Augusta from 8 am to 3 pm. To
learn more about the conference and its panelists, and to register to
attend, go to the Governor’s Conference on Education website at: www.maine.gov/doe/governorsconference.
Maine History Corner
March 15th is the day on which Maine’s statehood is celebrated. This year marks the 193rd
birthday of our beautiful state, which was admitted to the union in
1820. Maine’s statehood followed decades of attempts to separate from
Massachusetts, and the vote to separate finally succeeded in 1819,
followed by the convening of a constitutional convention in Portland. On
the national level, however, the Missouri Compromise is what ultimately
allowed Maine to be admitted as its own state. William King, our first
governor, was instrumental in the statehood movement. You can read more
about the separation from Massachusetts and view documents from the
1816 separation attempt HERE.