Coastal Conversations 5/22/15

Guest host Catherine Schmitt
Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

Program Topic: The Spring Running: Fish Migration in Penobscot River and Bay

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 towns continue to gain income from the harvest of alewives and blueback herring, which are sold for lobster bait.
Maine’s coastal communities are working to restore habitat for migratory food fishes, taking such actions as replacing drainage infrastructure with fish-friendly culverts, installing fish ladders, and removing dams.

Guests:
Oliver Cox of the Maine Department of Marine Resources
Jeffrey Pierce of Alewife Harvesters of Maine
Tara Lake of NOAA Fisheries

Coastal Conversations 4/24/15

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

Program Topic: Maine Fishermen’s Forum: A 40 year retrospective

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and why has it been so important to the fishing industry of the past 40 years.
b) How has the fishing industry changed in 40 years
c) Recorded interviews from 2015 Forum attendees

Guests:
Jim Wilson, University of Maine School for Marine Sciences
Robin Alden, Penobscot East Resource Center

Coastal Conversations 3/27/15

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

Program Topic: Seal and Whale Strandings in Maine: Why they happen and why we respond

Key Discussion Points:
a) Why do marine mammals strand/beach themselves, which ones do, when is it a concern?
b) What are necropsies and other methods for responding to strandings of live and dead marine mammals?
c) What should the public do / not do when they encounter a stranded seal or whale in Maine?

Guests:
Sean Todd, Director, Allied Whale at College of the Atlantic
Rosie Seton, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, Allied Whale
Dr. Carissa Bielamowicz, Veterinarian, Harbor Road Veterinary in South Thomaston
Grace Shears, Marine Mammal Strandings Volunteer

Coastal Conversations 2/27/15

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

Program Topic: Green Crabs: Invasion, Impact and Opportunities

Key Discussion Points:
a) Green crab invasion, how they got here and when
b) What impact are green crabs having on shellfish and other species?
c) What can municipalities and others do about the explosion of green crabs?

Guests:
Brian Beal: University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, Beals, ME
Bailey Bowden: Penobscot Shellfish Conservation Committee
Hannah Annis: Area Biologist, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Coastal Conversations 1/23/15 (Debut!)

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

Program Topic: Ocean Acidification

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is Ocean Acidification?
b) How does ocean acidification affect shellfish and other organisms?
c) What are people in Maine doing to mitigate ocean acidification?

Guests:
Joe Salisbury, Research Professor of Oceanography/Biogeochemistry at University of New Hampshire..
Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farm in Walpole
Damian Brady, Assistant Professor at UMaine School for Marine Sciences, and Associate Director of Research at Sea Grant
Esperanza Stancioff, Climate Change Educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant