Goals: A private, nonprofit community development corporation that seeks to help people and communities, particularA private, nonprofit community development corporation that seeks to help people and communities, particularly those with low incomes, reach an adequate and equitable standard of living, working and learning, in harmony with the natural environment. The Fisheries Project works to foster the sustainable development of Maine's fisheries and fishing communities by making investments, initiating projects, supporting policies and assisting marine-related enterprises that generate quality jobs, add value to marine resources, strengthen marine infrastructure, improve management of marine resources, and reuse and/or recycle waste streams.
Investments in working waterfronts, fishing, aquaculture, processing and shoreside suppliers from York to Washington County. Where possible, CEI invests in businesses that commit to specific practices it judges to be both socially and environmentally sustainable. A few examples of these efforts are CEI's Workforce Solutions Program, Fishtag Project, and promotion of various waste audits among shoreside borrowers. The Targeted Opportunities Program, begun in 1983, links the employment needs of borrowers with low-income individuals and people at risk of poverty. In 1997, CEI began the Fishtag Project, an innovative program committing harvesters to contribute scarce biological data towards management efforts.
Resources: Loan funds; business assistance workshops and one-to-one counseling; project development and policy.
County: Cumberland Hancock Kennebec Knox Lincoln Penobscot Sagadahoc Waldo Washington York
Region: southwest coast Casco Bay midcoast Mt. Desert Island downeast