Coastal Conversations

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Seaweed ecology: what makes a healthy intertidal zone?

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:12

a rocky beach covered in rockweed
Rockweed covers the mid-tide zone on a boulder beach at Schoodic Peninsula.

More and more people on the coast of Maine are focusing their attention on seaweed. People are harvesting it, eating it, selling it, growing it, even going to court over who owns it. But what exactly is seaweed and what is its role in a healthy coastal marine environment?

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:34

on the water view of a mussel raft in a bay with land in the background
Mussel raft in Frenchmen Bay.
Nothing beats a feast of Maine mussels, clams, scallops, or oysters. These shellfish are an important part of our coastal economy and Maine has some of the cleanest waters in North America for growing and harvesting seafood. So what is the deal with red tide and other biotoxins that have recently caused the state to temporarily close the harvesting and selling of some of our state’s most prized marine resources?

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: The World of the Maine Oyster

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:23

a plate of oysters arranged in a circle
Oysters on the half shell

From stew and stuffing to raw on the half shell, oysters are a popular seafood around the holidays. Maine-grown oysters have increased in availability and popularity in recent years, and are renowned around the world for their high quality. Still, many may wonder, what makes the Maine oyster so special? What does it mean to have the world be your oyster?

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Whale Mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

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

Right whale photo
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.

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.

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.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Fisheries History at Penobscot Marine Museum

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:07

Photo of a weir
A life-size herring weir is erected on the front lawn at Penobscot Marine Museum.
A historic exploration of Maine’s fisheries is illustrated this summer at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. The Museum is in the middle of a summer long exhibit called Gone Fishing, The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries. The exhibit is based on a treasure trove of historical photos focusing on the commercial fishing industry in the post-WWII era. The museum received the photos in 2012 as a gift from National Fishermen, the nation’s preeminent publication about the commercial fishing industry.