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  • Producer/Host: Catherine Schmitt
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Local stream stewardship and restoration

    Key Discussion Points:
    Maine’s coastal rivers are home to several species of fish that are “sea run” or diadromous – they spend part of their lives in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn.
    Many Maine land owners and communities are taking action to open passage for migratory fish, restore stream habitat, and learn more about their local rivers and streams.
    Stream projects bring together a diverse group of people, from transportation engineers and road construction companies to municipal, state and federal governments, land trusts, schools, and
    conservation organizations.

    Guests:
    Jeremy Bell, The Nature Conservancy
    Barbara Charry, Maine Audubon
    Ruth Feldman, Island Readers & Writers
    Ciona Ulbrich, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Coastal and Ocean issues

    Program Topic: Gulls and seabirds in the Gulf of Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Herring and great black-back gull populations are on the decline in the Gulf of Maine, what is happening?
    b) Researchers at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and at University of New Brunswick share their field work and results looking at sea bird and gull populations
    c) What does gull decline portend for the health of the Gulf of Maine system as a whole?

    Guests:
    John Anderson, W.H. Drury Professor of Ecology and Natural History, College of the Atlantic
    Meaghan Lyon, senior at College of the Atlantic
    Audra McTague, first year student at College of the Atlantic
    Kate Schlepr, graduate student at University of New Brunswick

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Penobscot Watershed

    Key Discussion Points:
    Details about the upcoming 2016 Penobscot Watershed Conference, April 9, 2016 in Northport.
    History and challenges that the Penobscot Watershed has faced, including dams and environmental pollution.
    Penobscot Watershed success stories, including Penobscot River Restoration Trust, a collaboration between the Penobscot Nation, non-profits, municipalities, industry, and more, to restore the Penobscot River.

    Guests:
    Steve Miller, Executive Director at Islesboro Islands Trust
    John Banks, Director of Natural Resources at the Penobscot Indian Nation
    Catherine Schmitt, communications director at Maine Sea Grant and author of the recent book, The President’s Salmon.

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Experience Maritime Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    What is the Experience Maritime Maine initiative?
    Why is Maine’s Maritime Heritage so important to our coastal communities?
    How boat building, windjammer cruises, museums, film archives, and an upcoming maritime film festival all contribute to the preservation of Maine’s Maritime Heritage
    What is the role of tourism is protecting and promoting Maine’s maritime heritage?

    Guests:
    Kathy Goldner of Penobscot Marine Museum
    Meg Maiden of Maine Windjammers Association
    Brook Minner of Northeast Historic Films
    Rich Hilsinger of Wooden Boat School

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Where have all the shrimp gone?

    Key Discussion Points:
    Why have regulators put a closure on the Northern Shrimp fishery for the third winter in a row?
    How is the shrimp population in the Gulf of Maine doing and how to we know?
    How does increased water temperature and other variables impact shrimp populations?
    How does the shrimp fishing moratorium impact fishermen?

    Guests:
    Margaret Hunter, Marine Resource Scientist, Sea Urchin and Northern Shrimp programs, Maine Department of Marine Resources
    Dr. Anne Richards, Research Fisheries Biologist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, Woods Hole, MA
    Glen Libby, Port Clyde Fresh Catch and fisherman
    Katherine Thompson, PhD student at UMaine studying shrimp, and former deckhand on shrimp vessel.

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Maine Seafood Traditions

    Key Discussion Points:
    What is the role of seafood in Maine’s holiday traditions?
    How did settlement patterns and religion impact holiday food traditions?
    What are people ordering from the fish market during this season?
    What is the Maine Sardine Drop?

    Guests:
    Sandy Oliver, food historian and writer, Islesboro
    Nancy Harmon Jenkins, writer and author, Camden
    Drew Smith and Cyndi Bridges, Peekytoe Provisions, Bar Harbor
    Hugh French, Tides Institute & Museum of Art, Eastport

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Maine Scallops: What Makes Them So Great?

    Key Discussion Points:
    How has Maine enabled the recovery of Maine scallops?
    How are Maine scallops managed and what is the role of fishermen and researchers in that management?
    What makes Maine scallops taste so incredible and fresh?

    Guests:
    Trisha Cheney from the Maine Department of Marine Resources,
    Togue Brawn, a self described “scallop evangelist” at Downeast Dayboat,
    Phoebe Jekielek from Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
    Dana Morse from the University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Marine Debris and Microplastic Pollution in our Ocean

    Key Discussion Points:

    What is marine debris? Comparing marine debris such as trash bags, plastic bottles, fishing gear, and other visible marine debris, with microplastics, such as microbeads, plastic fibers and other microscopic pollution that ends up in our waters. How are they related and different?

    What are the sources and consequences of marine debris and microplastic pollution?

    How can people become involved in helping mitigate ocean pollution through their purchasing and lifestyle decisions, by becoming involved in coastal clean ups, and other ways.

    Guests:
    Brian Marcaurelle, Program Director, Maine Island Trail Association
    Abby Barrows, Coastal Monitoring Coordinator, Marine & Environmental Research Institute and Principle Investigator, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Microplastic Project

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