Islesboro Event Highlights Wild Oceans’ History

Rob Kramer, Wild Oceans President

On July 31st, I traveled to Islesboro, Maine for an opportunity to share our organization’s story with local residents.  At the invitation of Wild Oceans Co-Chairs Peter Truslow and Stephanie Choate Oppenheimer, along with fellow board member Tim Chaote, who all reside on the island in the summer, former Wild Oceans President and current board member Ken Hinman was a featured speaker for the Islesboro Forum.  Each summer, the Islesboro Forum hosts prominent figures from diverse disciplines to promote community discourse on topics of special interest or concern.  Speakers have included novelists, poets, historians, Pulitzer Prize winners, diplomats, investment managers, economists, environmental scientists, political scientists, corporate leaders, university presidents, and elected officials.

Over 100 people were in attendance in the Islesboro Community Center for Ken’s talk with standing room only.  Ken spoke on the evolution of marine fisheries management in the U.S. and how Wild Oceans has played an integral role during our nearly 50 years as a conservation organization.  Through the management struggles and successes of four iconic Atlantic fish – cod, swordfish, striped bass and menhaden, Ken illustrated our proven formula for success: keep conservation the number one objective; work with a diverse alliance of groups in common cause whenever possible; and choose issues that establish precedent and principle for long-lasting change.

I am grateful to the Islesboro Forum for the opportunity to share the Wild Oceans’ story, for their generous hospitality, and for recording Ken’s presentation so that we can share it with you here. 

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