Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Co-managing Maine Soft-shell Clams

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:00
several people standing on a clam flat in front of a home

Soft-shell clams are a unique fishery in Maine because coastal towns, the state, and, in many cases, harvesters themselves, work together to co-manage this popular seafood. Residents can join their town’s shellfish committee and participate in monitoring their clam resource, making decisions about how it’s managed for conservation as well as recreational and commercial harvest.

Alewives in Maine Lakes

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:23

1322_001.jpgThe Heart of the Sea: Alewives Bring Ocean Nutrients to Inland Lakes, an article in the May-June 2018 issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine. The article provides an overview of sea-run alewives and their role in lake ecosystems, and interviews with researchers studying the impact of alewife restoration on Maine lakes. The article is part of our work on the Penobscot River Habitat Focus Area with The Nature Conservancy and NOAA Fisheries.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Sears Island: Past, Present, and Future

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:57

a group of children holding butterfly netsSears Island have been stewarding the island's natural resources and human history, and providing educational programs for all ages in its woods, fields, and shorelines.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we'll explore Sears Island, or Wassumkeag as its original inhabitants called it, through colonial settlement, farming, fishing, industrial threats, and into today.

Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge - and Those Who Keep It

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:59

several people aboard a small boat on the waterAlong the edges of bayou canals, shrimp boats were gearing up for the season, butterfly nets rigged and ready to drop, herons and laughing gulls flying from bank to bank. Along the shore, people young and old fished for spotted sea trout and redfish. Some stood on sinking docks, others sat in folding chairs. The noonday sun was high in a cloudless sky.

Beyond the fishing camps and the roads that lead to the camps, the bayou opened into an expanse of water and marsh, a horizontal world intersected by bleached skeletons of live oaks and the slanted white crosses of grave markers and a handful of fishing shacks accessible only by water.

Sea-Run Fishes of Maine Poster

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:49


After the success of our 2017 calendar featuring Karen Talbot's illustrations of all 12 diadromous fish species native to Maine, we decided to produce a poster featuring the same paintings with updated text. The 24 inch x 30 inch posters are available at no cost. Call our office or stop by an upcoming event to request a copy.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum, Part 1

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:44

A handwritten sign on the window of an Airstream trailer reading 'Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum - Come share your story'Telling stories about fishing is a tradition that's been passed down through generations of Maine fishing families. Stories about close calls, huge catches, surprising fish, controversial management, family moments at sea… These stories are the heart of Maine's coastal communities.

Sylvia Earle Lecture April 30

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:18

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle will present "Exploring the Ocean in the 21st Century" at the Collins Center for the Arts, April 30th, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved by visiting the box office in the lobby of the Collins Center for the Arts or by calling (207) 581-1755. Her lecture will include underwater film of her research and conservation efforts in many coastal and deep areas of the global ocean.

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?

UMaine graduates explore marine policy in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:17

collage of three headshots
Knauss Fellows (clockwise: Bayer, Staples, and Rodrigue.)
The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three University of Maine graduates.

Skylar Bayer, Kevin Staples and Mattie Rodrigue join 54 fellow graduates nationwide who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.