From Guiding for the Future:
Wells, ME (May 2, 2023) — Guiding for the Future is expanding! Keep Fish Wet, Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources have partnered to bring the Guiding for the Future (G4F) program to Maine with a focus on striped bass. G4F is an innovative program designed by experienced guides and outdoor professionals. By strengthening the knowledge, professionalism, and ethics of fishing guides, the goal of G4F is to raise the standards, conduct, and conservation practices of the entire industry to help protect our waters for years to come. The combination of an online and in-person curriculum rich in science, management, and stewardship is designed to strengthen fishing guides’ knowledge, professionalism, and ethics.
“We are delighted to be working with Keep Fish Wet and the Maine Department of Marine Resources to expand G4F beyond our waters in Montana,” Says Sean Blaine, co-founder of G4F, “from the beginning we always envisioned G4F as a mechanism to raise the standards of guiding and conservation across all water, whether you guide for trout, stripers, or bonefish.”
“I am very pleased to be partnering with G4F and Keep Fish Wet to help advance their work by developing a program specifically for Maine guides” said DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “The course they have developed offers insight into the science and management of striped bass, and offers tremendous value to those who wish to expand their knowledge of how to best steward and advocate for this important fishery.”
The inaugural G4F Maine, including participation for the course and room and board for the in-person practicum, is fully funded by the Maine Department of Marine Resources using funding made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Any Maine tidewater guide is eligible to apply for this free program and must be able to complete the online component of the program as well as attend the practicum in Wells, ME from May 23-25.
To apply, visit guidingforthefuture.org/apply-maine/