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Stonington, ME

Originally Stonington’s economy revolved around its high quality granite rather than fishing. Stonington granite was used to create Rockefeller Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and several New York City bridges, including the George Washington and the Triboro. When the granite industry declined and the quarries closed, fishing became Stonington’s most important industry. 

Celebrating Fishing

Each year on the 25th of July, the annual Fishermen's Day celebration is held. On August 30th,  the “Flash in the Pans” takes place at the Stonington Fish Pier to benefit Island Fishermen's Wives and the Island Community Center.   

Commercial Fisheries

Lobster is king in Stonington. Greenhead Lobster LLC opened in 1997 at its shorefront buying station in Stonington. It supplies over a million pounds of Penobscot Bay lobsters to the national market each year. Stonington Lobster Company is another wholesale and retail vendor of seafood in Stonington. There are four shellfish dealers in Stonington: Carter’s Seafood, Ingrid Bengis Seafood, Morning Star Seafood and Oceanville seafood. A key employer is Billings Diesel and COMMUNITY FISH/Penobscot East is a community supported fishery (CSF) that operates out of Stonington.  A CSF is like a farm share, but for fish.       

In 2013, this small fishing port in Downeast Maine ranked 43rd in the country in commercial fish landings and 21st in revenue generated from these landings.  Fishermen landed nearly 20 million pounds of seafood, generating $49 million in revenues. This was largely due to the catch and sale of lobster. 

Top species harvested in port: Lobster, Herring, Scallop, Groundfish, Monkfish, Skate.