Archives for Coastal Conversations

Coastal Conversations 1/26/18

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Maine coastal and ocean issues: Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Toxic algal blooms and red tides: what are they, why do they happen, and what species do they impact?
Recent blooms in Maine, including new species and species that have been here for a long time.
Given that humans can get sick from consuming shellfish that have accumulated biotoxins in their tissues, what are the state and the shellfish industry doing to ensure public health?

Barry King, Shellfish Biotoxin monitoring program, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Fiona De Koning, co-owner, Acadia Aqua Farms

Coastal Conversations 12/22/17

Producer/Host: Catherine Schmitt
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Coastal Aquaculture: Maine oysters

Key Discussion Points:
a) how oysters are grown
b) the market for Maine oysters
c) how to serve and eat oysters

Joanna and Jesse Fogg, Bar Harbor Oyster Company
Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant
Aliya Uteuova, University of Maine

Coastal Conversations 11/24/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Maine coastal and ocean issues: Whale mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

Key Discussion Points:
1. Why did 16 right whales die in the Gulf of Maine and Gulf of Saint Lawrence in 2017?
2. What is the role of climate change in these mortalities?
3. How does the movement of prey affect whale movements?
4. How does Canada differ from the US in how it manages ocean uses and how that management correlates to whales ecology and movement? ?
5. How do necropsies (animal autopsies) help determine cause of death?

Sean Todd, the director of the marine mammal research group Allied Whale, and professor of oceanography at College of the Atlantic
Zack Klyver, lead naturalist at Bar Harbor Whale Watch company and founder of Flukes international whale tours.

Coastal Conversations 10/27/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Engineer: Amy Browne

Maine coastal and ocean issues: Congestion and Transportation Planning in Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island Communities

1. What are the visitation trends and why are they on the rise?
2. What is the impact of increasing numbers on the Island, both positive (such as economic), and challenging (such as closures of parking areas).
3. What are the transportation planning options and how can people be involved in voicing their concerns.

John Kelley, Management Assistant, Acadia National Park
Martha Searchfield, Executive Director, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Coastal Conversations 9/22/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Engineer: Amy Browne

Salts and Water: Stories from the Maine coast
Storytelling about the Maine coast and how it connects to place-based tourism
Story: the women lobstermen of Stonington
Story: The Eastport tides

Guest: Crystal Hitchings, Washington County Council of Governments

Coastal Conversations 8/29/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Maine coastal and ocean issues: Fisheries History at Penobscot Marine Museum

-Penobscot Marine Museum’s fisheries exhibit and events and the role of museums in helping people understand about complex fishing industry issues
-National Fishermen’s photo archives from the Post World War Two era, donated and on display at Penobscot Marine Museum, illustrate over 60 years of fishing industry changes in Maine and the Nation
-Port Clyde Fresh Catch founder and long time fisherman Glen Libby, described the changes he has seen in 40 years of fishing, including changes in technology and fish populations that led him and others to start the nation’s first community supported fishery.

Cipperly Good, Penobscot Marine Museum
Glen Libby, Port Clyde Fresh Catch
With thanks also to Jessica Hathaway, National Fishermen Magazine

Coastal Conversations 7/28/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Maine Beaches Conference

The show covers speakers at the recent Maine Beaches Conference, held July 14, 2017 in Wells, Maine
-Maine coastal and beach pollution issues
-Coastal erosion and loss of cultural resources
-Volunteer monitoring programs for beach erosion and pollution
-Coastal access legal issues


Chris Feurt of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Paul Dest, the director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Pete Slovinsky of the Maine Geological Survey
Alice Kelley from the University of Maine
Keri Kaczor of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant
John Duff of the University of Massachusetts Boston

Coastal Conversations 6/23/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Maine coastal and ocean issues: Alewife restoration and monitoring

Key Discussion Points:
1. Ecology of diadromous fish (fish that spend part of their life cycle at sea, and part in freshwater)
2. Volunteer initiatives in Downeast Maine that are helping restore alewives
3. How alewife harvesters contribute to the protection and restoration of alewives

Brett Ciccotelli, Downeast Salmon Federation
Katie Clark, College of the Atlantic
Darryl Young, Alewife harvester

The following also appear on this show:
Bailey Bowden, Penobscot
Gary Edwards, Sullivan
Karen Wilson, University of Southern Maine
Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation