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Rockland, ME

Rockland is located in Mid-Coast Maine on Penobscot Bay in Knox County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297 covering an area of 15.07 square miles. Rockland has a diversified economic history including shipbuilding, commercial fishing, lime kilns, and granite quarries, the last of which are what the city is named for. Tourism has seen steady growth as the economy transitions further. With the growth of the tourism industry, the ferry terminal has seen parallel growth. There is currently service to several island communities in the area with proposed routes to Bar Harbor and Portland.

Celebrating Fishing

Rockland is home to the Maine Lobster Festival, a 5-day celebration held every August for nearly 70 years in honor of the town's primary export, lobster. Presented by the Rockland Festival Corp., this festival celebrates the importance of lobster to Rockland and the surrounding area with entertainment and seafood.

Recreational Fisheries

There are not any recreational fishing companies that are based in Rockland, but a few companies in the vicinity do offer fishing charters out of Rockland Harbor.

Commercial Fisheries

Fishing is Rockland’s oldest commercial enterprise. Fishing-related industry dates back to the 1750s, and continued with the development of the first fish processing plant in the 1880s, and the appearance of wholesale lobster businesses in the 1900s. Commercial fishing continues to this day to play a significant role in the town’s economy and economic plan. As part of its Harbor and Waterfront Department, the City operates the Municipal Fish Pier, which provides open, public water access - either primary or alternate - for herring carriers, lobster buyers, and other fishing vessels, fuel, power, and other services as required. Several advocacy groups operate in and around Rockland. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is active in Rockland. The association was founded by lobstermen with a goal of empowering Maine’s lobster industry by representing lobstermen with a united front. The Island Institute, located in Rockland, promotes ecological research to help conservation efforts of fifteen Maine island communities, which includes research on fisheries, especially that of lobster fisheries.

Top species harvested in port: herring, lobster.