Archives for Coastal Conversations

Coastal Conversations 8/26/16

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Program Topic: Young mariners go to college and graduate school

Key Discussion Points:
1. Cutting edge research conducted by College and graduate students in the Gulf of Maine
2. Research topics covered: Seabirds, clams, scallops, fisheries, aquaculture, water quality, communications.
3. The role of students in helping address important coastal and marine issues.

Caitlin Cleaver, PhD student at UMaine 
Bailey Moritz, a 2016 graduate of Bowdoin College
Tyler Quiring, PhD student at UMaine
Kate Schlepr, College of the Atlantic alumna and current graduate student at the University of New Brunswick in Canada
Caroline Brown and Mikey Cornish, students at College of the Atlantic

Coastal Conversations 7/22/16

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Coastal and marine issues

Program Topic: Youth engaged in marine programs in Maine

Key Discussion Points:
What are your summer programs for youth all about?
Why is it so important to get kids outside learning about the Maine coast and experiencing it?
Stories from the field, what kids are finding and experiencing on the coast in these program

Lynn Alley, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education
Alex Brasili, Herring Gut Learning Center
Mitch and Musette, Downeast Insitute campers, from Beals Island
Staff and campers and Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

Coastal Conversations 6/24/16

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Coastal issues in Maine

Program Topic: Leave No Trace in Acadia National Park and Stewardship for the Next 100 years

Key Discussion Points:
a) Leave no trace practices and guidelines for minimizing outdoor impact
b) Acadia National Park visitation
c) Questions from callers regarding Subaru sponsorship of Leave No Trace efforts

Charlie Jacobi, Acadia National Park
Steph Whtton and Andy Mossey, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Sam White, Rippleffect and Maine Leave No Trace Advocate

Coastal Conversations 5/27/16

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.

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

Coastal Conversations 4/8/16

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?

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

Coastal Conversations 3/31/16

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.

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.

Coastal Conversations 2/26/16

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?

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

Coastal Conversations 1/22/16

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?

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.