A Resource Guide for Sustainable Tourism in Down East Maine and Southwest New Brunswick is a joint Project of Maine Sea Grant and Vacationland Resource Committee of Down East Resource Conservation and Development Counci. The Resource Guide is a large comendium of information to help businesses and tourism destinations green their operations.
Maine Sea Grant recognizes tourism as an important aspect of the coastal economy. Throughout the Gulf of Maine region, tourism offers communities both economic promise and environmental concern. In Maine, the tourism industry and its affiliated support services employ more than fishing, farming, forestry, and aquaculture combined. The region’s fame as a coastal destination requires careful planning and creative partnerships among industry, management, municipalities, and agencies to foster a tourism economy that is both healthy for local communities and inspiring for its visitors.
Coastal access and working waterfronts have been a major focus for Maine Sea Grant since 2003 when, in response to reported fears of declining access, we hosted our first workshop for 100 participants with the Gulf of Maine Foundation and others.
Natalie Springuel and other MET members are working with communities on bay-related issues throughout the state. In Frenchman Bay in 2005 and 2006, Sea Grant partnered with a nonprofit organization in Mount Desert, ME, called the Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition (MDIWQC) to sponsor "The Ambassadors of the Bay," mini-expeditions modeled after the 2002 Gulf of Maine Expedition.