ROCKPORT – The first day of the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum meeting has focused on the importance of communicating climate change science to fishermen and the public.

Thousands of people from science, commercial fishing and government are at the forum in Rockport. Several speakers in a seminar about climate change cite a rift between scientists who document warming oceans and fishermen who harvest seafood.

The forum continues Friday and Saturday. The event is made up of several seminars on marine issues as well as other events.

The event happens as Maine has recently broken records for the value of its seafood. Last year state officials announced that fishermen hauled in a catch worth a state record $585 million in 2014. Officials are expected to make an announcement about 2015 values on Friday.