Marine Aquaculture in Maine - 2018 Version

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:28

Marine Aquaculture in Maine brochure coverMaine’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.

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.