Our hard working fishermen have been hit so hard by COVID-19's effects on the economy. The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association is a great support for local fishermen, and they need help with their latest fundraiser, a seafood cookbook.

The many restaurants that usually buy local catches are closed or are only doing curbside or carry out; so their need for product is much lower than it should be at this time. Two of the fishermen's wives came up with a sweet, old-fashioned idea to raise money, a Maine Coast Fishing Families Cookbook that will be sold on the MCFA's website.

I am so in love with the idea of a local seafood cookbook. Imagine how many different ways these families have learned to prepare our local fish and crustaceans. I predict that we are in for a treat and I can't wait to get my hands on one. I've been playing around with a new recipe for steamed cod with ginger and scallions, maybe I'll send it over to them. I've never been published, that would be cool.

You can submit your recipes to monique@mainecoastfishermen.org or rebeccaspear@gmail.com. Include you stories and photos too.

Another way you can show support is to buy their shirt, every salty Mainer should have one. I ordered two a couple weeks ago. One fathom is six feet. A straight up donation is easy to make at their site as well and would be greatly appreciated.

Please support our local fishermen and visit the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association website for more information about their organization and how you can help out this important cog in Maine's economy.