Hosted by fishermen for fishermen, the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is THE place to learn about current issues facing the fishing industry and the coast of Maine. At the 2018 Forum this past Winter, Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast and College of the Atlantic recorded dozens of stories for the “Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum” collection. WERU aired some of these stories on Coastal Conversations back in March, but we are ready for more!
A note from our new director, Gayle Zydlewski
I am excited to join the Maine Sea Grant team and support marine science for Maine people. I am so LUCKY to jump into such a well-established team that continues to enhance our coast by extending sound science to our communities. I look forward to working with the staff and endless partners who make up the Sea Grant network (family). Collectively we are privileged to have strong support from our federal delegation that sends us into a new fiscal year full of new opportunities...
In June 2018, the Town of Penobscot installed five new interpretive panels at Pierce's Pond. A new nature-like fishway provides passage for alewives and other sea-run fish, along with viewing platforms and a picnic area at the public boat launch. The Town and alewife steward Bailey Bowden, along with local partners at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, are leading the effort to restore migratory fish to the entire Bagaduce watershed.
The Spring issue of UMaine Today magazine features an article about coastal storms-related research by Sea Grant and other UMaine programs and departments, including the Southern Maine Volunteer Beach Profiling Monitoring Program (with the Wells Reserve and Maine Geological Survey) and Ph.D.
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.
The 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.
Sears 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.
Along 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.
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.
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.