Coastal Conversations 12/24/21: From the Sea Up, Episode 2: Kelp and American Eel

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

It’s the holidays season here in Maine, where we like to celebrate with stories about sustainable seafood!

On this week’s coastal conversations, we are once again teaming up with The First Coast and the Island Institute to feature stories about innovative people in Maine who are sustainably harvesting and growing products from the sea.

First up, we are talking about sea vegetables, specifically that fast-growing, nutrient-dense sea vegetable kelp, and the people behind getting this powerhouse to the market while offering economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. Second up, we dive headfirst into the world of the mysterious and mythical American eel, a species that drives our legendary elver fishery and, more recently, an aquaculture start-up for a Maine grown fish.

These stories were produced by Galen Koch of The First Coast as part of an Island Institute podcast called “From the Sea Up.” The podcast is made possible by the Fund for Maine Islands and a partnership between the Island Institute, College of the Atlantic, Luke’s Lobster, Maine Sea Grant and the First Coast. We are grateful to all of them for sharing their stories with Coastal Conversations on WERU Community Radio at 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and streaming online at WERU.org.

Guests:

“Thanks for listening to From the Sea Up, presented by the Island Institute and produced by me, Galen Koch. Special thanks to Bri Warner, Thew Suskiewicz, Jesse Baines, Justin Papkee and his crew, Sara Rademake, Glen Melvin, and Pat Bryant for their participation on these episodes.”

From the Sea Up is made possible by the Fund for Maine Islands and a partnership between the Island Institute, College of the Atlantic, Luke’s Lobster, Maine Sea Grant, and The First Coast. For more information visit www.islandinstitute.org/podcast

For more information about Luke’s Lobster and the online market where you can purchase Atlantic Sea Farms products visit www.lukeslobster.com.

For more information about American Unagi and their online market, visit www.americanunagi.com.

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.