Lobster Listening Session

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:28

The National Sea Grant College Program seeks input on key research questions for understanding and managing American lobster in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, including the effects of environmental changes on migration, growth, and maturity. Feedback will inform both the research and extension-focused elements of the National Sea Grant College Program lobster initiative.

Sea Grant is not soliciting information in the form of recommendations for Requests for Proposals or agency management actions.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Tourism and Community Development Downeast

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 10/22/2018 - 13:34
small boats on the water off a rocky shore with a pier and a few brick buildings

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.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:36

newsletter envelope iconWelcome 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....

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Maine Clams: What is Causing Their Decline and How Do We Bring Them Back?

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:04
a man bending over a box full of seed clams on a mudflat
Brian Beal planting wild seed boxes. Photo: Sara Randall

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?

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Hancock County's Conserved Lands

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:17
two paddlers in a canoe at the edge of a pond with trees in the background
Forbes Pond in the Schoodic to Schoodic ecological corridor. (Photo courtesy Maine Coast Heritage Trust).

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.

Marine Research in Focus: Counteracting the Myth of Dry Feet in Dutch Planning for Flood Defense

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:26

Research in Focus fact sheet cover image click for PDFCoastal 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.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum, Part 2

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 07/18/2018 - 16:56

A handwritten sign on the window of an Airstream trailer reading 'Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum - Come share your story'Hosted by fishermen for fishermen, the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is THE place to learn about current issues facing the fishing industry and the coast of Maine. At the 2018 Forum this past Winter, Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast and College of the Atlantic recorded dozens of stories for the “Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum” collection. WERU aired some of these stories on Coastal Conversations back in March, but we are ready for more!