Natalie Springuel

The Maine Oyster Trail

The Maine Oyster Trail is still being developed. Maine Sea Grant is working with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, the Maine Office of Tourism, and In A Half Shell to build an educational experience for visitors and residents. This page will be updated as more information becomes available and the Trail becomes “official.”

Harvester perspectives on alewives, blueback herring, and American eels in Downeast Maine

Fishermen and women, by virtue of spending much of their time on the water with hooks, lines, traps, and nets, have intimate knowledge of coastal, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. They know, in detail, the local distribution, abundance, and behavior of the species they harvest, knowledge gained from years of first-hand observations and experimentation with different fishing techniques.

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.

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.