About Adopt-a-Boat


A collaborative effort between the fishing industry and educators, the Adopt-a-Boat program draws on the expertise and experience of commercial fishermen to help educate K-12 students. By partnering with classrooms, fishermen help educate students about marine ecology, the complexities of marine resource utilization, and the daily life of fishermen. Conceptualized and organized by New England fishermen, the MIT Sea Grant College Program and other cooperating organizations, Adopt-a-Boat works to present a balanced picture of commercial fishing, thereby building a citizenry enlightened about marine resources and the importance of coastal communities.

Adopt-a-Boat focuses on partnering fishermen with individual classrooms/teachers. Thus far, teachers from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have participated in the program. Fishermen from Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with a variety of vessel types, have also participated. Each boat is linked with a partnering classroom that may be in the same geographic region as the vessel's homeport or may be hundreds of miles away! The choice is yours.

Adopt-A-Boat in the News

Adopt a Boat participant a Fisherman and a Gentleman

Purse lost at sea found in Fishing net
Cape Cod Times
January 27, 2005

Adopt-a-Boat fisherman Capt. Mattie Thomson and eleven other Monhegan lobstermen start their winter fishing season

Trap Day on Monhegan Island as lobstermen continue a century old traditional management system

Portland Press Herald
December 5, 2004
By Seath Harkness