2/8/09: Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System | Welcome
1/3/07 Maine Harbors
Individual monthly Tide Charts for 150 Harbors from Eastport, ME to Greenwich, CT, as well as weather, marinas and more
7/23/06 Mainers find new ways to ward off mosquitoes
Nothing says early summer in Maine quite like mosquitoes.
People will do anything to rid themselves of the buzzing, blood-sucking pests, and a widening array of products -- some exorbitantly priced -- guarantee them relief.
12/27/04 Gulf of Maine Aquarium
12/27/04 Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
Find introductory and scientific information about the Gulf of Maine, which is bordered by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
12/27/04 Gulf of Maine Times
12/27/04 National Safe Boating Council
The mission of the NSBC is to reduce accidents and enhance the boating experience. The NSBC is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education. The National Safe Boating Council accomplishes this mission by:
12/27/04 Maine Ports, Marine Transportation, Shipping, Ferry Schedules, Boating
Information on Maine's ports, ferry schedules, recreational boating, weather and safety, rail, air freight, trucking, shipping, and marine transportation services.
Marine Research Connectivity Project
09-5-12: Casco Bay Boaters Blog
Coastal New England and Gulf of Maine; also many good links
09-5-12: Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment was established in 1989 by the Governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to foster cooperative actions within the Gulf watershed. Its mission is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations.
09-5-12: Gulf of Maine Times
09-5-12: Action Plan describes the Council's goals
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Action Plan 2007–2012 describes the goals and outcomes that the Council will pursue through its committees and partnerships in this five-year period. The Action Plan was developed by incorporating public input and the findings of numerous studies, workshops, and key policy developments, including the Gulf of Maine Summit, Canada’s Oceans Action Plan, and the U.S. Ocean Action Plan.
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Action Plan 2007–2012 focuses on three bold and ambitious goals identified by the people living and working around the Gulf of Maine.Action Plan describes the Council's goals
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute
is a non-profit marine science center located in Portland, Maine.
Our dynamic fusion of science, education, and community programs catalyzes community dialogue, interdisciplinary research, and science literacy to realize the natural and human potential of the Gulf of Maine bioregion
8/12/06 Trouble Downeast - The Boston Globe
Machias Seal Island PUFFINS ARE NOT in paradise, even as 3,000 pairs of them flap, grunt, waddle, and hop along the rocks. There should be more noise. There are no terns flying about. This is not the way it is supposed to be.
10/1/04 Community News - Get in the thick of it Belfast Village Soup
Riding the wave, part 1
MAINE (Oct 1, 2004): Just east of the Midcoast lies a large expanse of blue and steely grey water known as the Atlantic Ocean. A glance at its surface seems to indicate business as usual: seagulls wheeling, waves lapping and lobster boats chugging along. By all accounts, however, there seems to be trouble brewing down below the drifting ducks and tangled mats of wrack. And no one seems quite sure what to do about it.
Friends of Casco Bay
Founded in 1989 to Improve and Protect the Environmental Health of Casco Bay
Casco Bay Estuary Project (CBEP) - A Cooperative Effort to Protect the Health and Integrity of Casco Bay
Casco Bay Plan
Draft Plan by the Casco Bay Estuary Project 1995
Casco Bay, Maine
Mostly an ad for A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast, but has some background
Group dedicated to reviving island life in Maine. Concerned about island economics (fishing)
Casco Bay Online, History
Historical Maps, Gallery, History, Resources
Casco Bay Lines
We provide year-round ferry service for the Casco Bay Island Transit District, carrying passengers, vehicles and freight between Portland, Maine and the islands of Peaks, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Chebeague, and Cliff. We also offer scenic cruises, summertime music cruises, private charters and lobster bakes. Join us and see where the Maine coast really begins!
Maine Office of Tourism - Greater Portland & Casco Bay
BostonSeaGypsy - click on images to view albums - Kayaking in Casco Bay.
This was a trip that was led by LLBean at their Paddling School at Flying Point, Freeport.
It's top notch as the instructors are experts.
Misty weather for the trip but that seemed to encourage the wildlife, as it dampened the sound we were making.Seals popped up out of the water to look at us and we also saw two bald eagles. We paddled out amongst some little islands for about 3 hours- it was idyllic.
EPA to approve dumping ban - The Boston Globe
New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have already made their coastlines off-limits for sewage dumping from boats. Casco Bay in Maine has also been declared a no-dumping zone, along with eight coastal areas in Massachusetts, most near Cape Cod and Nantucket.
5/6/06 Coast's history, future discussed at DOT meeting - Tom Groening
At the kickoff to a conference on Gateway 1 at the Samoset Resort Wednesday night, Colin Woodard, author of "The Lobster Coast," put into historical context just how remarkable it was to get Maine's legendarily independent - and sometimes downright ornery - residents and towns to work together.
The coast's history is different from inland Maine and that past continues to shape its future, Woodard said.
8/5/04 Gulf of Maine marine ecosystem may have entered new phase
Gulf of Maine marine ecosystem may have entered new phase
For most of the past 4,500 years, cod was king in the Gulf of Maine's coastal waters. Today, cod have given way to the Jonah crab with potential long-term consequences for coastal fisheries, according to a University of Maine research report published in the journal Ecosystems.
Note: I found this a particularly interesting article.
Maine Coastal Program - Home
05/21 New Meadows River Watershed Project
Muskie School of Public Service
Changing Maine: 1960 - 2010
Texts of each lecture will be available following the lecture date. To access these documents, click on the title of the lecture.
8/5/09: Clamming law change allows diggers, like Ken Bailey, to sell to restaurants
Ken Bailey's Chevy 12-passenger van has no back seats. Two broken plastic sleds and a variety of junk rattle in the back as he bounces down the rutted path to the shore to pick up his clams. Cigarette butts overflow from the ashtray and soda bottles litter the passenger side. Sharp white lettering on the sides and rear read "Ken's Clams" with his phone number. The van is brownish grey-almost the same color as the mud from which the clams come. Ken's a clam digger and an entrepreneur.
5/16/09: Aid package to deliver cash to clammers
A $2 million aid package for the Massachusetts shellfishing industry — including $1.2 million in direct payments to clammers affected by last year's red tide outbreak — was approved yesterday by the federal government and should be distributed by September.
8/6/06 Enforcers protect clam industry
SCARBOROUGH — Officer David Corbeau stares out over the expanse of mudflats that is his beat, trying to pick out the subtle signs of someone breaking the law. What he sees are a handful of "the hardest working people you'll find," bent at the waist and wielding a heavy hand-held rake as they slice the fetid mud in search of clams.
6/11/05 Baldacci seeks aid for hard-hit clammers
Gov. John Baldacci said Friday he'll work to find federal disaster relief for Maine's shellfish industry, which has been hurt by a toxic algae bloom that has closed clam flats along much of the New England coast.
11/3/04 Beal Finds Clam Seeding Solution
BEALS — On an Indian summer morning, marine ecologist Brian Beal stood on the shore of Great Wass Island hosing down a stack of lobster traps. Big and burly with wild hair and a thick moustache, Beal looked like any other working man in this region of hardscrabble fishing villages and coastal beauty.
In the last few years Beal has devised an economically viable way to hatch soft-shell clams and in a single year raise them to the healthy size of 8-15 mm, large enough to be bought by coastal towns and seeded on mud flats set aside for conservation.
9/28/04 Clam Flats To Close Oct. 1
Westport Island selectmen are closing the Squam Creek clam flats for one year.
Scientists Hopes to Pry Open Part of the Clam Genome
9/7/04 With red tide comes red ink
SCARBOROUGH — Summer is usually the busy season for clam diggers like John Lyons. Peak demand for steamers and fried clams, not to mention the fair weather, make this prime time on the mud flats along the Scarborough River and in estuaries all along the Maine coast.
8/30/04 Flat closures hurt Down East clam diggers
WHITING - More than 100 Down East clammers, who earn much of their revenue in summer to carry them over the winter, have gone without income for seven weeks and longer because of extended flat closures for red tide.As a result, stores and other businesses in the Cobscook Bay area are feeling the impact of fewer dollars circulating locally.
6/25/04 projo.com Providence, R.I. AP's The Wire
Algae bloom restricts harvest of mussels, clams
5/12/04: Researcher dissolving shells to blame for clam deaths
2/5: Clam flat rules target bird droppings
BRUNSWICK (AP) -- The Department of Marine Resources and town officials are looking for a way to protect shellfish eaters from an unexpected and unsavory source of pollution -- bird droppings
1/2, PH: Snowe´s staff meets with members of fishery council
The News-Gazette Online
A clam was the first living thing to get an MRI
3/21/07: Local shrimp industry struggles against farm-raised Asian stock
Georgia Tisdale is battling to save an endangered species – the South Carolina shrimper.
She is marketing director for the South Carolina Shrimpers Association, which was formed 1˝ years ago to extol the benefits of fresh, locally caught shrimp. She is also the shrimpers’ Jeremiah, who warns that globalization of the fishing industry threatens not only a way of life for working shrimpers, but our country’s health and welfare, too.
10/14/04 First Time in Three Years
ELLSWORTH — For the first time in three years, the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee will recommend that there be a shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine.
“The resource is looking in better shape,” said Margaret Hunter, a Maine fisheries biologist who chairs the committee of scientists and resource managers for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
3/19 Newhouse A1
U.S. Shrimpers Seek Help in Trade War; WASHINGTON -- An international trade war is raging over shrimp. U.S. shrimpers and processors say the six leading shrimp-exporting countries -- Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam -- are cutting the legs from under the domestic industry by dumping large quantities of their product in the U.S. market at below cost. The U.S. shrimpers want the government to impose tariffs.
1/22 Plenty of shrimp, but few customers
11/13/04 Searchin' for urchins
NONE (Nov 13, 2004): Like spiny, spherical versions of the American bison, vast herds of green sea urchins once roamed the rocky coast of Maine. The urchins lived a life of plenty by grazing on kelp, other algae and the occasional bag of lobster bait, and grew and reproduced beneath the waves of the North Atlantic.
9/28/04 Yahoo! News - Urchin Industry a Skeleton of Former Self
Urchin Industry a Skeleton of Former Self
YORK, Maine - Maine's urchin season has barely begun — and it's already almost over.
9/22/04 CTV.ca Sunken fishing boat raised from Bay of Fundy
Investigators hope raising the wreckage of a fishing boat that sank in the Bay of Fundy last winter, killing all aboard, may dredge up some much-needed answers.
8/15/04 Sea urchins gone, attention shifts to Irish moss harvest
Researchers are surveying the coast this summer for a commercially valuable seaweed that is taking over the territory once filled by spiny sea urchins.
8/1/04 The News@Ellsworth American.com
Harvesters Cry For More Days
ELLSWORTH — It came as no surprise that sea urchin fishermen were plentiful and vocal at last week’s hearings on the proposed cuts to Maine’s urchin season.
2/24 Sea Urchins Could Be Newest Cash Crop for United States
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Making one aspect of the fishing industry more environmentally friendly could actually make it more profitable. A University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher is looking at ways to establish a land-based aquaculture system for sea urchin breeding to bolster the seafood industry while preserving fragile marine ecosystems.