Coastal Conversations 3/26/21: Mainer Fishermen’s Forum Shellfish Day 2: What’s Changing on the Mudflats

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Mainer Fishermen’s Forum Shellfish Day #2: What’s Changing on the Mudflats

Harvester insights about the status of shellfish in their community;
New shellfish survey techniques that use local ecological knowledge and mapping;
Development of a standard protocol for an ecosystem survey in the intertidal that incorporates predators;
The feasibility of using environmental DNA (e-DNA) technology to collect information.


Bailey Bowden, Harvester and Chair of the Penobscot Shellfish Conservation Committee
Nate Orff, Harvester and Chair of the Scarborough Shellfish Conservation Commission
Joanie Mcdonald, Harvester and Shellfish Advisory Council member, George’s River
Kevin Oliver, Harvester and member of the Yarmouth Shellfish Conservation Commission
Denis Nault, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Marissa McMahan, Manomet
Sara Randall, Downeast Institute
Sarah Risley, University of Maine Darling Marine Center
Anne Hayden, Manoment

About the host:
Natalie Springuel has hosted Coastal Conversation’s since 2015, with support from the University of Maine Sea Grant where she has served as a marine extension associate for 20 years. In 2019, Springuel received an award for Public Affairs programming from the Maine Association of Broadcasters for the Coastal Conversations show called “Portland’s Working Waterfront.” Springuel is passionate about translating science, sharing stories, and offering a platform for multiple voices to weigh in on complex coastal and ocean issues. She has recently enrolled in audio production training at Maine Media Workshop to dive deeper into making great community radio.