Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Whale Mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:47

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Right whale. Photo: Allied Whale

2017 has been an alarming year for the Endangered Right Whale in both New England and the Canadian Maritimes, with up to 16 whales found dead in Northwest Atlantic waters. For a population that hovers around 450 individuals, losing 16 right whales in a few months is a big deal.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we are going to ask why so many whales have died this year, and what these mortalities tell us about changing habitats throughout the Gulf of Maine and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

NOAA Sea Grant awards for aquaculture research

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:02

Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome the challenges and increase aquaculture production.

A grant of $908,015 to the University of Maine will support research into sustainable post-harvest processing of aquacultured seaweed and development of value-added products.

A second award of $249,238 to the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education will support study of large-scale culture of blue mussel.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Transportation and Congestion in Acadia National Park

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:59

small photo of Acadia National ParkAs the fall colors begin to fade, so does the congestion in Acadia National Park. But in recent years, the high volumes of people accessing both the Park and the surrounding Mount Desert Island towns during the summer and shoulder seasons has caused increased traffic, overloaded parking lots and, many would say, decreased visitor experience.

Joy and Sadness at the Same Time

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:29
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A major fire destroys the back tower at Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford Maine on June 23, 2017.

When a massive fire broke out at the Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford on Friday night, June 23, the shocked community poured into the streets to support each other. Since the 1990’s there had been little to no activity at the mill, a scenario which is familiar to many Maine towns with a proud history of mill work. But even while it sat in disrepair, the mill had been a centerpiece of Sanford’s history.

NEWSLETTER, SUMMER & FALL 2017

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:31

newsletter envelope iconOUTREACH & EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS

Maine Sea Grant is one of many partners contributing to a restoration project on Pierce Pond in the Town of Penobscot. On August 17 construction crews broke ground on a new fishway that will allow alewives and other sea-run fish to pass into the lake, which connects into Northern Bay on the Bagaduce River.

Keri Kaczor, who coordinates the Maine Healthy Beaches Program, reports that the dry summer weather lended to a great season for beach water quality: 97.3% of water quality samples were in compliance with EPA water quality standards, the best performance in the program's history. Ongoing efforts to identify sources of pollution by program staff and local partners were successful at finding and fixing two wastewater malfunctions in 2017...

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Salts & Water, Stories from The Maine Coast

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:55

Salts and Water logoStonington’s women lobstermen, Portland’s fishmongers, Eastport’s record-breaking tides… these are some of the characters that are featured in a new podcast series called Salts and Water, Stories from the Maine Coast.

Salts and Water is a project of Experience Maritime Maine, a network of people and organizations dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage, culture, and natural beauty of Maine’s coast.