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Old 11-12-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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I currently live in Alaska. The saltwater fishing season here is amazing, but somewhat limited in comparison to what our family wants to do.
We are considering relocating to southern Maine along the coast somewhere. We have never lived on the East Coast. After spending most of our lives on the West Coast fishing from Washington to Mexico we decided to branch out. We tried Hawaii but it was not a fit for us due to the incredibly small size of the islands, number of people and lack of seasons.
Next came Alaska, and after mastering barn door halibut, salmonoid, and deep water fishing here we are frankly bored for half the year. Once winter moves in ice fishing is the only option, and the fish aren't too big.
We miss Tuna fishing, and are looking at southern Maine as an option for our family. We moved away from the west coast because of the amount of people, the pollution, and the regulations placed on the fisheries.
We have never even been to Maine, and if we move it would be in about 2 years from now, after taking several trips to check it out. The area seems to be a good fit for us on several levels. Coming rom AK the winters will be a relief. We don't want to live in a city, but want a small one near by. Local Markets are important to us and the area seems to offer that. We want a few acres of woods, and to be within a half an hour of the coast. We want to settle somewhere that we could eventualy pursue some sort of fishing industry.

My main 2 questions are:
~How clean/green is the general area?
ex- If we buy a house with a well, is it likely to be good quality water? (In Alaska we have super high iron and sometimes arsenic)
- Do the cities/towns offer accessible recycling/trash services?
- Are the local water areas (river and stream systems/ponds) clean? (Here in AK most of our water is pristine, in Cali and Hawaii there were always areas of water around the cities that are just polluted and dead)

~Are there very many saltwater fisherman in this area that just fish for a living? The research I have done online usually leads to Massachusettes, but I wonder if it is just because the Maine fishermen aren't all over the internet talking about their fishing reports. We are looking at eventually investing in a boat and gear and permits (of course after a few years of gaining local experience and meeting state and federal requirements) in a healthy saltwater fishery that is not full to the brim of people.

Any information is greatly appreciated, and thanks for your time.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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You sound like a nice person. I don't know everything about the fishing industry, but there are more and more regulations and limits on the number and types of commercial fishing licenses. Maybe you would like fishing out of Gloucester, Mass. with a swordfishing captain like Linda Greenlaw (remember the Perfect Storm). I didn't particularly like the movie, but I enjoyed reading one of her books.

Here's a couple news articles you might find interesting. http://bangordailynews.com/2009/07/2...off-matinicus/

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/...ainefish_N.htm

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articl...NEWS-202060319

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Those are very helpful links. It looks like we will wait and see what happens as far as conservation efforts, and see what the new commissioner does over the next few years. We have looked into that area of Mass and although it is a bigger fishing industry down there we feel that we wouldn't have enough space around us. We are looking to purchase a few acres tucked up in the woods somewhere. Coming from AK we are looking to settle down somewhere that's somewhat rural. Maine still sounds like it would be right up our alley. Thanks again.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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I believe you will find Maine to be quite environmentally conscious, more so than many NE states.
Recycling is Strongly encouraged and widely adapted. You many find southern maine quite populated though no where near the scale you've described, you can find pockets of more than few acres of woods.....very near or not far from the coast.

There a number of fisherman in the area who salt water fish recreationally.

While I can't give specifics I attended a presentation once by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute where they talked about encouraging the local pleasure fisherman to provide data for their studies and they were very happy with the eagerness of the participation. Actually you may want to check out GMRI just out of interest.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Mid Coast Maine
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Maine is a nice place to live, but can sometimes be a bit shocking for newcomers. If you are looking to fish commercially, you WILL run into resistance from locals.... the coast of Maine is very dependent on the fishing industry, and the seasons are getting short, fuel and bait are high, and it costs a lot to heat homes in the winter.

I dig clams and bloodworms and catch mackerel for bait- which is quite lucrative some times of the year. Obviously this isn't the same sort of fishing as you are talking about, but the principle still applies- get going slowly, get to know people, and lend a hand. I lived here for nearly a year before I started fishing and clamming commercially. Once the locals get to know you, it's not such a big deal.

I'll warn you though- sometimes people come here looking to lobster, and it's not going to happen. The waiting list is a mile long, and nobody wants to see people from away come lobstering.

If you come to Maine with the intention of living like a Mainer, you'll do well and be welcomed. If you come wanting to change these little coastal fishing towns, you will not be well received.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.

We are really interested in finding a nice community to settle down in and become comfortable with. It has been my experience that it takes a couple of years of doing what you say you are going to do in any community before the people really recieve you well. When we make our next move, we want it to be permanent. We just want to live somewhere that we can live and breathe ocean and seafood. We are interested in ANY and ALL aspects of fishing. But we also are interested in finding somewhere that we can just live happily in a slow paced environment and finish raising our family and give them a solid foundation.

I guess what I really should be investigating is what it means to live like a Mainer. Our main interests are fishing/ocean/seafood, hunting, berry picking, gardening, canning and preserving and in general spending time outdoors.

That is really our biggest problem with Alaska is there is just so much time that you can't be outdoors. Half the year. That's just too long. A few months of harsh winter are manageable.

It sounds like Maine is more environmentaly minded than some of the fishing communties down south. It also sounds less populated in general. These are two very important factors for us. Less people of course means less work, but we are willing to live simply and make sacrifices.

Thank you all for your input.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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Exclamation Better late than never *UPDATE*

I wanted to post an update to our plans to move to Maine. We decided to wait one more year to save and get our finances in order, but we will definetly be moving to Maine in the spring of 2014. As it turns out, we now will be able to afford a decent boat and plan on trying our hand at some sportfishing for pleasure for a few years until we find our nitch. I am as excited as ever, and will be without a doubt posting more threads as the move gets closer. I can't wait to experience the Atlantic ocean! And after living in Alaska I am especially excited about the beautiful arcitecture and different culture. Thank you all again for all the help.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:10 AM
 
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I wanted to post an update to our plans to move to Maine. We decided to wait one more year to save and get our finances in order, but we will definetly be moving to Maine in the spring of 2014. As it turns out, we now will be able to afford a decent boat and plan on trying our hand at some sportfishing for pleasure for a few years until we find our nitch. I am as excited as ever, and will be without a doubt posting more threads as the move gets closer. I can't wait to experience the Atlantic ocean! And after living in Alaska I am especially excited about the beautiful arcitecture and different culture. Thank you all again for all the help.
Good luck......I think that you'll like it here.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Bel Aire, KS
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Have you ever thought about Louisiana or Florida? They have good fishing and in Louisiana, you can fish for crawfish and shrimp.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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I wanted to post an update to our plans to move to Maine. We decided to wait one more year to save and get our finances in order, but we will definetly be moving to Maine in the spring of 2014. As it turns out, we now will be able to afford a decent boat and plan on trying our hand at some sportfishing for pleasure for a few years until we find our nitch. I am as excited as ever, and will be without a doubt posting more threads as the move gets closer. I can't wait to experience the Atlantic ocean! And after living in Alaska I am especially excited about the beautiful arcitecture and different culture. Thank you all again for all the help.
Akambuda.. where town did you decide to move to?
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