Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Fisheries History at Penobscot Marine Museum

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:07

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A life-size herring weir is erected on the front lawn at Penobscot Marine Museum.
A historic exploration of Maine’s fisheries is illustrated this summer at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. The Museum is in the middle of a summer long exhibit called Gone Fishing, The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries. The exhibit is based on a treasure trove of historical photos focusing on the commercial fishing industry in the post-WWII era. The museum received the photos in 2012 as a gift from National Fishermen, the nation’s preeminent publication about the commercial fishing industry.

Looking for bass (in all the wrong places)

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:20

On a recent hot July morning, graduate student Nicole Ramberg-Pihl went out to the Kenduskeag Stream in Exeter and Garland in search of smallmouth bass. Accompanying her in the field were Stephen Coghlan, faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, and undergraduate students Spencer Kelley and Tyson Porter.

2016-2017 Annual Report

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 09:37

The annual report, featuring impacts, accomplishments, and summary data for the period from 1 February 2016 through January 2017 is now available. Highlights include

More than 60 fishermen from communities across the coast have participated in the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program. To date, 13 have secured leases and a total of 30 are now involved in aquaculture to some degree.

The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

Submitted by Dana Morse on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:10

photo of Carolyn Giles, Leslie and Jim McMahan, Chris Jamison, and Marissa McMahan, about to try the latest recipe at Enoteca Athena in BrunswickMaine’s problem with the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) is not a new one, nor is the idea of finding a commercial use for them.  It’s been a tough go for a long time; mostly because it has not been easy to find a market that will pay enough to make it worthwhile for a fisherman to gear up and fish a gang of traps.  Recently though, there is a push to make green crabs attractive as a menu item, and I am glad to write that that there is a beam of light sneaking in through that cloudy scenario.  The reason? Green crabs can be downright delicious. 

The Beaches Conference: Join the Conversation

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:12
In 2017, the organizers, speakers, and participants are more committed than ever to this pattern of mutual respect as this year the reach of the conference continues to expand. For the first time the conference is no longer The Maine Beaches Conference because we jumped the Piscataqua River to officially include Seacoast New Hampshire. A leap of this sort naturally calls for a name adjustment, so for 2017 the event has been deemed The Beaches Conference, Our Maine and New Hampshire Beaches and Coast. With this expansion came the added benefit of enthusiastic partners from NH to join the steering committee, as well as a huge bump-up in the number of presenters from NH.

Elemental Intersections

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:43

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Please join us July 7 for the first in a series of public conversations that bring together ceramic art masters, scientists, and Maine people working in natural resource fields to examine intersections between art and contemporary environmental issues.