Striped Bass in Scarborough Marsh, the Gulf of Maine and Beyond

Zach Whitener with striped bass

The Scarborough Public Library and The Friends of Scarborough Marsh have collaborated to host a virtual lecture by Zachary Whitener, Research Associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland. 

Zach’s research focuses primarily on fish populations, including age, growth, and stock structure. Zach received his BA in Anthropology from Brown University, where his studies focused on marine resource management. He later went on to receive his MS in Marine and Environmental Sciences from the University of the Virgin Islands. Outside of GMRI, Zach is a Registered Maine Guide and US Coast Guard licensed captain who owns and operates his own company, Anadromous Adventures Guide Service LLC, specializing in fly fishing for striped bass in Casco Bay. He has a passion for fishing, cooking, and (if he’s lucky) cooking fish.

Click here to register and receive the Zoom link. 
This virtual presentation is free and open to the public; registration is required. For additional information, contact Lucy J. Norvell, Coordinator of Programming and Communications at ljnorvell [at]

In 2019, Zach added Vessel Safety Officer to his role at GMRI, which includes management and maintenance of  research vessels, as well as being the primary captain. Growing up on Long Island in Casco Bay, Zach has always had a passion for the Gulf of Maine. He has lobstered in Casco Bay since the age of 10, holding several other fishing jobs along the way. His rich local knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset to his team. 

“Stripers are one of Maine's most cherished salt water fish and every season thousands of Maine fishermen look forward to the annual striped bass migration.   Maine's marsh systems, like the Scarborough Marsh, play an extremely important role in the striped bass's migration, providing a habitat for protection and feeding.  Join the Friends of Scarborough Marsh's lecture series guest speaker Zach Whitener of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (and also a Registered Maine Guide) to learn more about stripers and the Scarborough Marsh.”    

- Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist at Maine Geological Survey and Friends of Scarborough Marsh (FOSM) Board member




Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:30pm