Eastern Maine trail celebrates maritime heritage

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EDMUNDS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) -- The maritime heritage of eastern Maine will be celebrated at 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties that are part of a new interpretive educational initiative.

The Downeast Fisheries Trail will be officially launched on Thursday at the boat launch and picnic pavilion in Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds Township.

The trail includes locations from the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport to Campobello International Park in New Brunswick. In between are museums and historical societies, conservation areas, views of active fishing harbors, and points of historic interest including former flake yards for drying fish, shacks for mending nets, fly-fishing pools and alewife runs.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says the proportion of Maine workers employed in commercial fishing industries is more than 10 times the national percentage.