A fun and interactive way to explore the rich maritime culture and history of Portland, Maine, Walk the Working Waterfront is designed to promote awareness of the critical importance of the city’s working waterfront infrastructure. Attendees can explore the many working piers and wharves, tour Coast Guard vessels, participate in one of the education stations, and chat with fishermen to gain a deeper understanding of the role that this industry plays in the local community.
Meet the Fishermen
Curious about what it’s like to go to sea aboard a commercial fishing vessel? Allow Ian Mayo of Maine Fisheries, take you on a journey through his experiences as a commercial fisherman and share how important it is to take care of your ship and gear. With many incredible stories to tell, Ian will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
One of the highlights of the event will be the opportunity to see one of Ian’s nets in action as it is hung using his company’s crane. This is an excellent chance to witness the equipment and techniques used by commercial fishermen while at sea.
Tour Coast Guard Vessels
Visitors of all ages can step aboard the U.S. Coast Guard vessel to learn more about the important work that the Coast Guard does to protect our waters and stay safe while on the ocean. Families can have fun learning together!
The Northern New England sector of the Coast Guard’s area of responsibility covers over 5,000 miles of coastline and 11,000 square nautical miles of water, executing operational missions from Maine, New Hampshire, and Northeastern New York. Come aboard to see firsthand how the Coast Guard carries out their vital mission.
Learn All About Seafood
Portland Fish Pier
This portion of WTWW2023 is the center of action for all things seafood-related in Portland, and it’s a fantastic chance to learn more about the industry and the companies that make it possible.
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various seafood companies, including Bristol Seafood and Lady Shuckers. You’ll be able to taste samples of their delicious seafood, purchase snacks, and stay hydrated with cold water available at the Eimskip water station.
Walk the Working Waterfront is open to everyone and free to attend. There are scheduled elements that may require purchase of tickets or pre-registration. This is a rain or shine event.