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

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Phenology and Citizen Science

    Key Discussion Points:
    How can phenology (the tracking of seasonal changes within plants and animals in our communities) help inform climate change research?
    What are the impacts of global climate change on our backyard plant and animals?
    What are some of the indicator species that volunteers are tracking and why?
    How can Maine citizens become involved in phenology projects like Signs of the Seasons, the Loon Count, and others?

    Guests:
    Hannah Weber, Research and Education Projects Manager, Schoodic Institute
    Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park
    Esperanza Stancioff, Associate Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant
    Susan Gallo, Wildlife Biologist, Maine Audubon

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  • Producer/Host: Paul Anderson
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: The University of Maine’s Coastal Ocean Observing efforts

    Key Discussion Points:
    Status of buoy-based ocean observing systems in the gulf of Maine
    Trends in oceanographic data in recent years
    Why this information is important to fishermen and communities

    Guests:
    Dr. David Townsend, University of Maine
    Dr. Neal Pettigrew, University of Maine
    Dr. Robert Steneck, University of Maine (by phone)
    Dr. Damian Brady, University of Maine

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

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: History, Culture, and Heritage of the Lobster Industry in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    History of the industry in Maine, including readings from “The Maine Lobster Industry: A History of Culture, Conservation and Commerce” by Cathy Billings
    History of the industry on Cranberry Isles, the formation of the Co-op, and the current exhibit at Isleford
    HIstorica Museum: “Boats and Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island”
    Poetry and writing about lobstering and the heritage of the industry

    Guests:
    Cathy Billings, author of “The Maine Lobster Industry: A History of Culture, Conservation and Commerce;” and Associate Director at the Lobster Institute
    Retired Lobsterman from Isleford, Jim Bright
    Rosamond Rea, project manager of the “Boats and Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island” exhibit at Isleford Historical Museum

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

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Coastal Beach Water Quality

    Key Discussion Points:
    -What is the Maine Helathy Beaches Program?
    -How clean are Maine Beaches and what are towns like Lincolnville, Rockport, and York doing to keep them clean?
    -What is the correlation between heavy rainfall and beach water quality?
    -What can citizens do to help keep Maine beaches clean?

    Guests:
    Keri Kaczor, Maine Healthy Beaches Program coordinator, UMaine Coop. Extension/Maine Sea Grant
    David Kinney, Lincolnville Town Administrator: 
    Bob Kennedy, Rockport Conservation Commission
    Steve Burns, York Town Manager

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