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Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen’s Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law describes Maine law and prominent court cases related to public use and access to the coast. This is the third edition of the publication, and replaces the 2004 version. An ADA 508 accessible version is available here.

For more information about coastal access, visit accessingthemainecoast.com.





magazine article cover with juvenile eel photo by Heather PerryThe Secret Life of Eels (pdf), published in the March-April issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine (online). Featuring photographs by Heather Perry Photography, the article describes the natural history of the American eel, current UMaine research on eels, and a brief summary of the eel fishery in Maine.






American Lobster Settlement Index, fact sheet with information on data access and trends. The harvest of American lobsters is the Gulf of Maine’s largest, most valuable, and most iconic fishery. The catch has never been higher, but how long will it last? The American Lobster Settlement Index measures the annual pulse of baby lobsters to rocky nurseries some five to nine years before they appear in the fishery. This interstate and international monitoring program might provide an early warning system for trends in the fishery.


Mud Blister Worms and Aquaculture by Dana L. Morse, Paul D. Rawson, and John N. Kraeuter. This report is for oyster producers interested in controlling mud blister worms, which when present in large numbers can reduce the value of oysters sold to the half-shell market. Although other species of blister-causing worms occur in several genera including Polydora, Pseudopolydora, and Boccardia, this report focuses specifically on Polydora websteri



blue and white cover of Maine's Climate Future reportMaine’s Climate Future 2015 builds on the Maine’s Climate Future 2009 report; it is not intended as a comprehensive revision of all aspects of the original report. This update focuses on highlights of our understanding in 2015 of past, present, and future trends in key indicators of a changing climate specific to Maine, and recent examples of how Maine people are experiencing these changes. Produced in partnership with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.





Cover of In Their Own Words report, shows a ship steering wheel.In Their Own Words: 
Fishermen's Perspectives 
of Community Resilience

 Summary, outcomes, and recommendations from Sea Grant-funded research by Teresa Johnson.



Signs of the Seasons - Monarch Butterfly
Phenology is the study of the timing of cyclical life events, such as animal migration and reproduction, and plant leafing, blooming, and fruiting. Phenology is tightly linked to seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which makes it one of the most sensitive indicators of global climate change, and one of the few ways to understand how global-scale changes are affecting plants, animals, and people locally. By observing and recording phenology in their own backyards and communities, Signs of the Seasons volunteers help scientists, resource managers, and others document, understand, and predict changes that affect Maine’s environment, economy, and cultural heritage.

Bucksport poster for the Downeast Fisheries Trail

Fishing vessels traveling as far as the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and as near as Penobscot Bay landed millions of pounds of Atlantic cod, mackerel, and herring at wharves along the waterfront. Premier among them was Captain Thomas Nicholson, the son of a Scottish immigrant fi sherman, who transformed Bucksport into one of the largest fi shing ports on the Atlantic coast.
Seaweed Field GuideField Guide to Economically Important Seaweeds of Northern New England
(originally published by the Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in 1992)
"A Field Guide to Seaweeds is a sampling of selected seaweeds of the Maine/New Hampshire coast with suggestions on foraging and preparation, and tantalizing recipes for some of the more commonly used species. A Field Guide for Seaweeds is a must for everyone who loves exploring the shore and is fascinated by the plants and animals that live there."

Fisheries & Tourism fact sheet series.

Read about the history of cod, clam, halibut, lobster, and oyster fisheries in Downeast Maine in the "Fisheries Then" section of the Downeast Fisheries Trail website.

The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine is an online literary journal launched in association with the Downeast Fisheries Trail and Fogler Library at the University of Maine.


Sources to Seafood: Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment (PDF, 6.76 MB), produced in partnership with the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative and the Dartmouth College Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program.


Maine's Kelp Highway article


Maine's Kelp Highway - Meet the kelps in Catherine Schmitt's article, featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.



Maine Sea Grant: Facts at a Glance 2012 
An introduction to Maine Sea Grant's staff, mission, and activities.



Downeast Fisheries Trail Interpretive Panels
As part of the Downeast Fisheries Trail, Maine Sea Grant worked with several partners to produce five interpretive panels for installation at Trail sites in 2012.


Downeast Fisheries Trail Brochure Map (Large file download; 11.2 MB)
From Penobscot Bay to Cobscook Bay, the Downeast Fisheries Trail connects historic and active fisheries sites that illustrate the region’s maritime heritage. This is a PDF version of the printed map/brochure; interactive maps of the trail are available on the Downeast Fisheries Trail website. Contact the Maine Sea Grant office, 207.581.1435, for a hard copy.


first two pages of sardine articleLong May They Run, an article in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine about the history and culture of the Maine sardine industry. In 2010, the "Year of the Sardine" and the closure of the Stinson sardine plant, the last in the United States, prompted an exploration of why writers, painters, and other artists are so drawn to this humble fish that once supported so many of Maine's coastal communities.


Cover of fact sheet showing rockweed images.Rockweed Ecology, Industry & Management (4.5 MB PDF). This four-page fact sheet, produced in partnership with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, describes the ecology of knotted wrack or rockweed, a marine macroalgae (seaweed) harvested along the coast. A timeline of management actions, graph of annual harvests, and summary of scientific research are also included.



Cover of Maine Policy ReviewAdrift in a sea of information about sustainable seafood: the Maine consumer perspective. This article by Maine Sea Grant Communications Coordinator Catherine Schmitt appears in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Maine Policy Review.


Cover of beaches report


Maine Healthy Beaches Status & Trends 2005-2010 summarizes water quality at Maine beaches as monitored by volunteers and staff of the Maine Healthy Beaches Program. Water quality trends, pollution threats, and actions to improve water quality are detailed for each beach in the program.


image of smelt posterRainbow Smelt: We produced this poster in partnership with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Orono Field Station and the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The poster is displayed in a kiosk on the Bucksport waterfront, and describes rainbow smelt monitoring activity in a stream adjacent to the kiosk (Tannery Brook, which flows into Penobscot Bay). Learn more about our Penobscot watershed outreach at the kiosks page.



Healthy, Sustainable Seafood: A Study of Mercury in Shrimp, by Sarah Nelson and Catherine Schmitt. This fact sheet in our "Research in Focus" series highlights the results of a recent Sea Grant program development project. The authors found that mercury levels in shrimp from Maine, Louisiana, and Thailand were well below concentrations of health concern, supporting the assertion that shrimp is a healthy seafood choice. This is the first study to analyze mercury in Maine's native shrimp species, Pandalus borealis.


Mussel Aquaculture in the Northeast, by Dana Morse and Michael Rice, published by the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center. This fact sheet reviews different types of mussel growing systems, operations, production, and site selection.


Maine's Working Waterfront Calendar 2011 features photographs by Maine students and the first 12 properties protected by the Working Waterfront Access Pilot Program. The calendars were produced by Maine Sea Grant in partnership with Maine Department of Marine Resources, the Land for Maine’s Future Program and Maine Coastal Program of the Maine State Planning Office, Island Institute, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and Trekkers, Inc. Calendars are available at no cost by contacting kvillarreal@maine.edu; 207.581.1435.




Hadley Point: Eelgrass, Clams, and a Community Resource. This poster, produced in partnership with the Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee, is displayed in a waterfront kiosk at Hadley Point in Bar Harbor. The poster describes an eelgrass restoration project at the site and provides information about harvesting soft-shell clams, a popular activity at Hadley Point.

Learn more about other kiosks in the Penobscot River watershed.




Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise. This fact sheet, the first in a series derived from the Maine's Climate Future report, summarizes sea-level rise in Maine and potential effects on coastal habitats and infrastructure.



Maine's First Lake, a story about the landscape of Acadia National Park, in the Spring issue of Friends of Acadia Journal.

Maine Healthy Beaches Program developed a Municipal Guide to Clean Water: Conducting Sanitary Surveys to Improve Coastal Water Quality. This resource is meant to assist communities and resource managers in finding, fixing and preventing sources of bacterial pollution. Visit the project page to learn more.

Research in Focus: The Newfoundland Cod Crisis and the Role of Tourism in Community Revitalization This Research in Focus fact sheet presents results of a six-month sabbatical by marine extension associate Natalie Springuel on the role of heritage and tourism in community revitalization after natural resource decline, with lessons for Maine.



NOAA on Maine's coast: Learn about the partnerships between Maine Coastal Program, Maine Sea Grant, and the Wells Reserve.


Maine's Seafood Industry: From the Outside Looking In. (163 KB) How did Maine fare at this year's Boston Seafood Show? What can Maine learn about seafood marketing from other states? This article reviews the history of seafood marketing in Maine and profiles current efforts to develop value-added products and enhance sustainability through community supported fisheries. The story originally appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine and is offered here in its entirety.


The State of Maine's Beaches (1.6 MB) This feature article in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine summarizes the latest information on Maine beaches, including natural history, sea level rise and erosion rates, beach water quality, and the beach profile monitoring program.



Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report 2009: Maine, by Dana Morse and Mike Pietrak, NRAC 105-2009, published by the Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center.

New England's Marine Invasions (3 MB) This 18" x 24" poster, produced with the Maine Coastal Program and MIT Sea Grant in coordination with the Maine Marine Invasives Species Working Group, describes marine invasive species that are spreading in New England waters. Contact our office for a hard copy.



Maine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment (18.5 MB) Maine Sea Grant produced this report, the first statewide assessment of climate change in Maine, with the Climate Change Institute and scientists throughout the University and state. Maine Policy Review also published a summary article in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue.


2009 Maine Seafood Calendar, featuring original watercolors by Mimi Gregoire Carpenter, highlights twelve species of Maine seafood. Includes information about harvesting season, fishing methods, and safe eating habits.




Taking Stock: An article about University of Maine professor and researcher Yong Chen, who works with the state to model fishery population dynamics.


Maine's Oyster Renaissance. This feature article in Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine profiles Eric Horne and Valy Steverlynk, proprietors of Flying Point Oysters in Freeport, Maine.

Alewives: Feast of the Season. Alewives are sea-run, or diadromous, fish that spend most of their lives in the Atlantic Ocean but return as adults to coastal rivers in spring to spawn in freshwater streams and ponds. This article in Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors magazine discusses the natural and cultural history of Maine's native runs of alewives and other sea-run fish. Watch a video of an alewife harvest.

Catalog of Climate Change Investment Opportunities: Programs and Projects in Maine (331 KB) This directory of climate change-related activities in Maine, created at the request of the Environmental Funders Network, lists efforts by organizations, institutions, and state agencies to address climate change education, awareness, mitigation, and adaptation.

Maine's Marine Invasions (5.71 MB) A total of 33 non-native plant and animal species have been identified in Maine's coastal waters and shorelines. This fact sheet, originally produced in 2005 and revised in 2008, summarizes the marine invasive species issue for Maine, including the invasive species already present here as well as threats to look out for.


Study targets Striped Bass. This article in the Bangor Daily News profiles the Sea Grant-funded research of Dr. Joe Zydlewski, who is studying the striped bass population in the Penobscot River. A must read for all striper fans.

Seascapes: Getting to Know the Sea Around Us (2.35 MB) Maine Sea Grant worked with the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and Quebec Labrador Foundation to produce this how-to manual for describing and characterizing your local bay or watershed.



Mercury in the Penobscot River Estuary (1.79 MB) This Research in Focus fact sheet describes Sea Grant-funded research about mercury contamination in Maine's Penobscot River. More details about the research can be found in the project description.




Saltwater Fishing in Cobscook Bay This Research in Focus fact sheet profiles the economic impact of recreational fishing in Downeast Maine. Extension associate Chris Bartlett worked with University of Maine-Machias researcher Kevin Athearn to survey recreational fishers in the Cobscook Bay region. This research is informing sustainable development initiatives in Washington County.


Maine Oyster Cult. Read about the natural history of Maine's oyster populations, and how the University of Maine and independent aquaculturists have brought these native shellfish back to coastal waters--and tables--in Maine. This story appeared in the March 2008 issue of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors magazine.

Affordable Housing 101: Steps to Developing Affordable Housing in Your Town

Fact Sheet 596KB - This fact sheet provides a brief introduction to affordable housing planning for municipal officials, board, members and interested community members.

Full Text 396KB - This publication provides the full text and complete case studies of lessons learned in southern Maine and New Hampshire, which have been omitted from the introductory document above.


15th Annual Farmed Fish Health Management Workshop Program Guide & Abstracts 1.6 MB

Access to the Waterfront: Issues and Solutions Across the Nation 5.6 MB

Field Trials of 4" Rings in the Inshore Scallop Fishery in the Gulf of Maine XX MB

Healthy Boating Equals Healthy Beaches XX MB


Kiosk Posters

A Resource Guide for Sustainable Tourism in Down East Maine and Southwest New Brunswick

Seaweed Beyond Sushi, in Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors magazine.

Monkfish: So much more than just a pretty face, in Wild Catch magazine


Maine Healthy Beaches Program 2006 Report 483 KB

Maine Sea Grant Fact Sheet XX MB

Marine Aquaculture in Maine: How the Public Can Participate in the Leasing Process for Marine Aquaculture Farms in Maine 1.78 MB

Marine Extension Team Fact Sheet XX MB

Overwintering Eastern Oysters 383 KB

Research in Focus: Phytoplankton in the Damariscotta River Estuary XX MB

Sustainable Tourism Along Maine's Coast 415 KB



2005 Ambassadors of the Bay Final Report XX MB

Harpswell's Working Waterfronts 927 KB

Marine Extension in Action: Tracking Beach Erosion Could Help Management 1 MB

Meeting the Challenges Together (Aquaculture Fact Sheet) 1.77 MB

Research in Focus: Selectivity Tests with Knotless Mesh in Trawl Codends in the Northeast Ground Fishery 503 KB



Beach Profile Monitoring Brochure 255 KB

Microbial Source Tracking

Moosabec: The Downeast Fishing Community of Beals and Jonesport XX MB

A Volunteer's Guide to Monitoring Maine's Salt Marshes 3.91 MB

Volunteer Monitoring Along Maine's Coast: Citizen Stewards Caring for the Environment XX MB


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