Alternative Enterprises (Lobster)

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.


You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

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"Where do I go from here?" If you have asked yourself this question, the Alternative Enterprises workshop will hopefully provide you with some suggestions. This workshop will explore ways in which you can still use your boat and other assets to either supplement your income if you want to continue lobstering or help you get into a completely new profession. This workshop will provide examples of ventures and testimonials from lobstermen who have successfully started another business.

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  •   Introduction and Captain's license
      Water-Related Employment: Tugs, Ferries, Shoreside
      Water-Related Employment: Chartering
      Water-Related Employment: Ecotourism, Research, Review
      Intro to Aquaculture
      Getting Started in Aquaculture
      Seaweed Aquaculture and Resources
      HACCP - what is HACCP and who needs it?
      Leaving Fishing: Resources and Review