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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities
    Program Topic: Lobster and the Business of Lobstering
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the “usual” market for lobster in Maine… what paths do Maine-caught lobster follow from the lobster boat to the plate?
    b)What is the “usual” season for lobsters… what is the difference between hard-shell and soft-shell or shedders? What happened differently this year, to both the lobsters and to the market
    c)A recent interview on Maine Public Broadcasting by Jennifer Mitchell with Patrice MaCarron, of the Maine Lobsterman’s Association, talked about a three-pronged approach to improving the business model for lobsters: developing more processing capacity in Maine, developing new products that consumers respond to, and building overall demand for both fresh and processed lobster through improved marketing.
    d)What are your thoughts on this approach? What is missing?
    e) Specifically For Walter Kumiega: What are your constituents telling you about their experience this summer? What are the policy implications, and where would you like to see further discussion leading to solutions?
    f)What other lessons should we be mindful of from this summer and recent years?
    g)What about diversification for individual fishermen… so all their “eggs” aren’t in the lobster basket? Support through TAA for business planning?
    h)Your hopes and what you want to work on for the future?

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Cathy Billings, Lobster Institute, University of Maine
    B)Shelia Dasset, Downeast Lobsterman’s Association
    C)Rep. Walter Kumiega, Marine Resources Committee

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Public investment in health research
    Program Topic: Maine Research Collaboration to Prevent Kidney Disease

    •How do kidneys function, why are they important to every day and long-term health? What happens to kidneys and their owners when they have kidney disease? What are the various contributors to kidney disease (genetic, human behavior, environmental factors)? How is kidney disease treated, and what are the costs (quality of life, economic)?
    •What reminders do we need about the scientific method, the research process? What is the history of using mice and zebrafish at Jackson Lab and MDI Biological Lab, as substitutes for humans in the research into diseases like cancer, kidney disease?
    •What are genes and how do they influence human health? What do we know about genes and kidney function… and how do we know (research on humans, research on mice as “substitutes” for humans?)
    •What led to use of zebrafish in this research, and what advantages does this approach have over others?
    •We hear about collaboration in many fields today… what brought about the collaboration that is intended in the present partnership (reMaine Healthy) that includes MDI BL, Jackson Laboratory, and Maine Medical Center and its Research Institute? What do you hope to achieve together that you couldn’t achieve on your own
    •Phone Interview with Kim O’Brien
    oHow has kidney disease impacted your family? Where do you turn for information andadvice? What have you learned so far? How might projects like this help you and other families?
    •Where do you hope this collaboration will lead in the future? How can listeners learn more?

    Jen Litteral, Mount Desert Island Biological Lab
    Dr. Hermann Haller, Mount Desert Island Biological Lab
    Dr. Ron Korstanje, Jackson Laboratory
    Dr. Mark Parker, Maine Medical Center
    Kim O’Brien, Mount Desert Island YMCA, parent

    Call In Program: Yes

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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Native American involvement in protecting key natural resource
    Program Topic: Wabnaki Basket Making and Maine’s Brown Ash Trees
    Key Discussion Points:
    ·What is the historical significance of baskets and basket making in Wabnaki Culture?
    ·What were early interactions between Wabnaki people and European settlers and how did baskets figure into later economic and cultural relationships in the 20th Century?
    ·Tell the story of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the role it is playing to celebrate and support basketmaking as part of today’s Wabnaki culture and economy.
    ·Brown Ash trees provide the primary material for basketmaking. How are individual trees selected? Describe the process of creating basket-making material.
    ·What is the status of Brown Ash trees in Maine? Difference from White and other ash?
    ·What is the threat from an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer … what do we know about the insect, its life cycle and it’s likely / potential impact on Maine’s brown ash resources?
    ·How does the emerald ash borer “move” and expand its range from Michigan, New York and Quebec? What environmental factors are behind its spread?
    ·What are the goals of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative project on Brown Ash and how is your team and partners approaching the work?
    ·What are some of the ways to limit the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in to Maine?
    ·What is needed in the way of education?
    ·What policies are in place and what more is needed to limit the spread of ash borer?
    ·What additional research is needed into the problem?
    ·Are Wabanaki people exploring alternative resources, or thinking of ways to stockpile brown ash in any way to soften the potential impact of emerald ash borers?
    ·What most excites you about this project, and do you find hope in working as part of a larger collaboration?
    ·What would you hope a young Wabnaki basketmaker in 2030 would say about your work today?

    Darren Ranco, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research University of Maine
    Coleen Teerling, Maine Forest Service
    Butch Jacobs, Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities
    Program Topic: Fisheries Heritage and Downeast Fisheries Trail
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What are some of the most significant changes you have seen in your lifetime or before in our fisheries? For example: salmon, lobster, herring, cod, alewives, clams etc…
    b)Why should we care about these changes? What has been the impact of these changes on our communities?
    c)Why should visitors care about fisheries heritage?
    d)Tell us a little bit more about the Downeast Fisheries Trail, what are some of the sites on the Trail, what fisheries do they highlight (past and present) and why?
    e)What do you expect will be some of the tangible and intangible benefits of the DFT for communities? For fishermen and their families? For visitors?
    f) Where can listeners learn more about your organizations and about the Downeast Fisheries Trail?
    o www.DowneastFisheriesTrail.org (and on Facebook)
    o www.lobsterinstitute.org/
    o www.mainesalmonrivers.org/
    o www.penobscoteast.org/

    A) Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation
    B)Cathy Billlings, Lobster Institute
    C)Senator Dennis Damon, Trenton Maine

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Paul Anderson, University of Maine Sea Grant
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Issue: Marine resources development
    Program Topic: Sea Weed Aquaculture

    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    a) History of Ocean Approved, Inc. producing cultured sea weed food products
    b)Seaweed Aquaculture – process, species, research and development
    c)Seaweed Products and market opportunities
    d)What is Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture – defined and developments
    e) What are Potential User Conflicts and integration with commercial fishing
    f) How does seaweed aquaculture fit into Maine’s Seafood industry in general

    A) Sarah Redmond, Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    B) Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    C) Shepp Erhardt, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
    D) Tolef Olsen, Ocean Approved, Inc. (by telephone)

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne
    Issue: Community and local theater

    Program Topic: Raise the curtain—Local Theater in Three Coastal Towns

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. Each guest provides brief background on themselves and their organization…
    2. What experience drew you to theater and how did you come to coastal Maine?
    3. Each guest invited to give a more detailed description of their company/ organization?
    4. Your mission and vision… examples of how that mission comes alive…
    5. What does it take to draw the best from your actors and crew? What do they gain from learning the craft and performing?
    6. What do you hope your audiences gain (what is common for most productions, and what varies, depending on what is being performed?)
    7. What does it take to operate a non-profit theater / theater company? What are the challenges and rewards?
    8. What ways can community members participate in your company?
    9. What does the wider community gain from having live, locally produced theater in its midst?
    10. What do you draw, by way of inspiration, from the human community and the landscape of Coastal Maine, in which you practice your art?
    11. Each guest invited to describe the upcoming season, especially summer offerings and contact information for each company / theater

    A) Alicia Hynes & Daniel Mahler, Harborside Shakespeare Company, Bar Harbor
    B) Bill Raiten, New Surry Theatre, Blue Hill
    C) Judith Jerome, Opera House Arts, Stonington

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Renewable Energy Options

    Program Topic: Community and Ecological Impacts of tidal energy in Cobscook Bay
    Key Discussion Points:
    Sustainability Solutions Initiative… what is the overall approach and who funds it
    How does tidal energy fit into the search for alternatives to fossil fuel energy?
    What is happening in Cobscook Bay / Eastport to develop a tidal energy alternative?
    Ocean Renewable Power Company’s approach and generally, how its technology works? What is the current status of operations?

    A) Teresa Johnson, UM School of Marine Sciences
    B) Gayle Zydlewski, UM School of Marine Sciences
    C) David Hart, Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, UM (recording)
    D) John Ferland, Ocean Renewable Power Company
    E) Will Hopkins, Cobscook Bay Resource Center

    Call In Program: Yes

    No Comments
  • Issue: Community affairs
    Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Hancock County Leadership Program
    Key Discussion Points:
    · What led to the creation of the program?
    · What are the goals of the Hancock County Leadership program… how do they compare with the goals of other leadership programs?
    · What are the basic elements of the program? How do you approach the notion of “leadership”? What are expectations of participants?

    A) Bonnie Sparks, Director Hancock Cnty Higher Ed. Center & Member of steering committee for leadership program
    B) Patrick Maguire, Dwight Brown Agency, 2012 program
    C) Leita Zeugner, Bar Harbor Bank, 2011 program
    D) Bill Cohen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs Verso Paper (Host Business)
    E) Mark Politte, Stanley Subaru, Employer sending participant

    Call In Program: Yes

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