Contact Us

Ice Fishing Enthusiasts Feed the Hungry in Maine

Mainers always help Mainers, and one statewide program is expanding to put fresh fish into the hands of those who need it the most; the poor and hungry.

‘Tis the season for ice fishing derbies and one angler has figured out a way to deal with regulations, making it possible for weigh-in fish from derbies to be distributed to hunger-relief agencies.

A new pilot project in southern Maine is being coordinated through the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Foresty’s Hunters for the Hungry Program.

Maine’s Hunters for the Hungry Program was started in 1996 and it has grown steadily since then providing nutritious game meat to food pantries, shelters and individual households with a medical need.

Don Morrison of Wayside Food Programs in Portland says he was fishing in a tournament last summer and when he saw all the weigh-in fish he started to think about how that fish might be put to good use here in Maine.

“Because of my background in the seafood industry, I have knowledge of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, or HACCP regulations dealing with safe handling procedures,” states Morrison.

Morrison was successfully able to combine his knowledge and resources, with those of the Hunters for the Hungry program, to expand the program to Maine’s fishing enthusiasts.

This Saturday, the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby is being held in New Gloucester and Morrison says weigh-in fish from those who wish to donate will be immediately put on ice and taken to a HACCP-certified seafood processor in Portland for proper packaging.

The idea is catching on too because the Sebago Lake Rotary Ice Fishing Derby next month is also supporting the concept.

Morrison says he’d like to see the idea replicated throughout the state.

Processors interested in getting involved with the program can call (207) 287-7513.

More from Q1065

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://q1065.fm using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Q 106.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Q 106.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!