Maine’s aquaculture industry raises finfish, shellfish, and seaweed in farms along the coast. The most significant commercial species are Atlantic salmon, blue mussels, oysters, and seaweed. Aquaculture farms must obtain a lease from the state because they operate in public waters. In this updated version of our publication Marine Aquaculture in Maine, learn how leases are granted, where farms are sited, what to look for in a responsible aquaculture operation, and more.
Grateloupia turuturu is an invasive red algae native to Japan that has recently been documented in the Damariscotta River Estuary in Maine.
Tourism has been an important part of Maine’s coastal economy for generations. But what’s the relationship between tourism and quality of life at the local level? In some places, like Acadia National Park, overcrowding has become a challenge for both residents and visitors. In other places, locals and businesses are working together to improve community vitality. In many cases, what’s good for tourism can also be good for the community.
Welcome to Jaclyn Robidoux of Kittery, Maine, recently appointed Marine Extension Associate. Based in the Portland area, Robidoux will be establishing connections with the various stakeholders involved in Maine's seaweed resources....
Over the last four decades, the amount of soft-shell clams harvested in Maine has decreased by up to 75%. Such a significant decline clearly affects the ecology of our shorelines as well as the livelihood of hundreds of Maine clam diggers and their families.
Why are clams declining? How do we know? And what can be done to reverse the trend?
On our next program, we will talk with representatives from Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Maine Coastal Heritage Trust about their efforts to conserve Hancock County Lands. We’ll learn about the Schoodic to Schoodic Initiative, the Surry Forest and other recently protected lands, and ways for you to enjoy them. We’ll also explore some bigger questions, such as the benefits of conserved lands for our local communities.
Here is a short video of a small trial of the SEAPA adjustable longline system, on the lease at the Darling Marine Center...
How we interact with nature — the materials and designs, tools and techniques —has evolved over the centuries. But the desire to be outside endures.
Coastal residents and towns need strategies to address climate change and its effects on sea-level rise, shoreline erosion, and coastal flooding. Extreme weather events can cause millions of dollars in damage and threaten coastal ecosystems and local economies. The Building a Resilient Coast project seeks to provide stakeholders with easy access to information to facilitate planning for climate and hazards impacts.