Maine Coast Fisheries Trust & Permit Bank
Working to ensure Maine fishermen have the ability to go fishing now and forever.
MCFA has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the Island Institue to help protect access for Maine's community-based fleet through the creation of a permit banking program. The goal of this initiative is to keep groundfish permits from leaving the state and bring allocation, and fishing opportunity, back to Maine.
Maine has experienced the greatest loss of fishing permits for groundfish in New England. With limited opportunities for many of Maine's boats, permit banking brings businesses stability and opportunity to Maine's groundfish fleet.