• 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.



    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.

    The posters were produced as part of our work on the Penobscot River Watershed Habitat Blueprint, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and NOAA Fisheries.

  • The Summer 2017 issue of Friends of Acadia Journal features a story about how researchers, park managers, and conservationists are responding to the effects of sea-level rise in Acadia National Park. One area of focus is salt marshes. Maine Coast Heritage Trust is working with the park to plan for changing marsh size and character, conserving upland areas that will allow for marsh "migration." (Some of this part of the story was covered in Coastal Conversations on WERU last February). Sites of human history are also threatened by rising seas and related erosion. Alice Kelley's Sea Grant-funded project to study shell middens has included National Park sites.

  • The essay “Why We Love the Ocean,” published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors 30th anniversary issue, relies on a large and growing literature of the history, science, and philosophy of human connections with the natural environment. Accessible version (PDF) Printable version (PDF) Below is a selected bibliography used for the article.

    General Reference

    Kaplan, R., and S. Kaplan. 1989. The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. CUP Archive.

    Louv, R. 2016. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Algonquin Books.

  • The annual report, featuring impacts, accomplishments, and summary data for the period from 1 February 2016 through January 2017 is now available. Highlights include

    More than 60 fishermen from communities across the coast have participated in the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program. To date, 13 have secured leases and a total of 30 are now involved in aquaculture to some degree.

  • Graduate student Jordan Snyder and Sea Grant Assistant Director for Research Damian Brady and their colleagues have a new paper in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science about their NOAA Sea Grant-funded research on developing tools for siting aquaculture operations. Here's the abstract of the article: "Remote sensing data is useful for selection of aquaculture sites because it can provide water-quality products mapped over large regions at low cost to users. However, the spatial resolution of most ocean color satellites is too coarse to provide usable data within many estuaries. The Landsat 8 satellite, launched February 11, 2013, has both the spatial resolution and the necessary signal to noise ratio to provide temperature, as well as ocean color derived products along complex coastlines.