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.
Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome the challenges and increase aquaculture production.
A grant of $908,015 to the University of Maine will support research into sustainable post-harvest processing of aquacultured seaweed and development of value-added products.
A second award of $249,238 to the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education will support study of large-scale culture of blue mussel.
As the fall colors begin to fade, so does the congestion in Acadia National Park. But in recent years, the high volumes of people accessing both the Park and the surrounding Mount Desert Island towns during the summer and shoulder seasons has caused increased traffic, overloaded parking lots and, many would say, decreased visitor experience.
When a massive fire broke out at the Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford on Friday night, June 23, the shocked community poured into the streets to support each other. Since the 1990’s there had been little to no activity at the mill, a scenario which is familiar to many Maine towns with a proud history of mill work. But even while it sat in disrepair, the mill had been a centerpiece of Sanford’s history.
OUTREACH & EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS
Maine Sea Grant is one of many partners contributing to a restoration project on Pierce Pond in the Town of Penobscot. On August 17 construction crews broke ground on a new fishway that will allow alewives and other sea-run fish to pass into the lake, which connects into Northern Bay on the Bagaduce River.
Keri Kaczor, who coordinates the Maine Healthy Beaches Program, reports that the dry summer weather lended to a great season for beach water quality: 97.3% of water quality samples were in compliance with EPA water quality standards, the best performance in the program's history. Ongoing efforts to identify sources of pollution by program staff and local partners were successful at finding and fixing two wastewater malfunctions in 2017...
Stonington’s women lobstermen, Portland’s fishmongers, Eastport’s record-breaking tides… these are some of the characters that are featured in a new podcast series called Salts and Water, Stories from the Maine Coast.
Salts and Water is a project of Experience Maritime Maine, a network of people and organizations dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage, culture, and natural beauty of Maine’s coast.
On a recent hot July morning, graduate student Nicole Ramberg-Pihl went out to the Kenduskeag Stream in Exeter and Garland in search of smallmouth bass. Accompanying her in the field were Stephen Coghlan, faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, and undergraduate students Spencer Kelley and Tyson Porter.