Planning for the Future of Coastal Communities

Planning Future CC

Downeast Fisheries Trail

The Downeast Fisheries Trail has a new website!  Check it out for description of of the 45 sites on the Trail, events, activities, fantastic historical images, and much more.   Downeast Fisheries Trail also has a Facebook page.

What is the Downeast Fisheries Trail?
The Downeast Fisheries Trail is an educational trail that showcases active and historic fisheries heritage sites, such as fish hatcheries, aquaculture facilities, fishing harbors, clam flats, processing plants and other related public places in an effort to educate residents and visitors about the importance of the region’s maritime heritage and the role of marine resources to the area’s economy. The Trail builds on these local resources to strengthen community life and the experience of visitors.

Coastal Access and Working Waterfronts

Coastal access and working waterfronts have been a major focus for Maine Sea Grant since 2003 when, in response to reported fears of declining access, we hosted our first workshop for 100 participants with the Gulf of Maine Foundation and others.

Coastal Housing

Development patterns in coastal communities during the housing boom of the 1990's and early 2000's often favored construction of residences featuring large homes on large lots. This approach resulted in the availability of housing stock in those coastal communities that was unaffordable to much of the communities' workforce. In response, the firefighters, police officers, teachers, retail workers and others who make up this vital workforce, have often moved outside their work communities in search of homes they can afford to own or rent.

Newfoundland: Lessons for Maine

The Role of Tourism in Fisheries Crises: The Case of Newfoundland and Applications to Maine

Tourism is increasingly touted as a development opportunity for coastal and rural areas affected by natural resource decline. As commercial fisheries face depletion the world over, people look to tourism to help coastal communities recover from economic crisis, but little work has been done to explore if the investment in tourism can ever replace the full human ecological value of the fishery, including its impacts on a region’s culture, economy, and environment.

Coastal Tourism Planning

Maine Sea Grant recognizes tourism as an important aspect of the coastal economy. Throughout the Gulf of Maine region, tourism offers communities both economic promise and environmental concern. In Maine, the tourism industry and its affiliated support services employ more than fishing, farming, forestry, and aquaculture combined.

KEYS: Our Future by Design

In the last five + years, the boom of the housing market in the greater Boston area has priced out many, pushing them further and further south, west and north of the city. Being within 60 miles of downtown Boston, southern York county Maine has experienced extreme development pressure during this timeframe, resulting in sprawling development patterns. Maine has historically been the most economically challenged of the New England states and sprawl has increased pressure on the limited fiscal state and municipal resources.

Protecting Our Children's Water

Protecting water from pollution as southern Maine develops depends upon collaboration across town boundaries. The Protecting Our Children’s Water, 2005 – 2025 project is a proactive, regional approach to water protection and management. The approach has been implemented in two southern Maine watersheds to date: the Merriland, Branch, Little River (MBLR) watershed (in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Wells) and the York River watershed (in South Berwick, Eliot, York, and Kittery).