Coastal Conversations 12/25/20: Holiday seafood recipes and traditions

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

For our December 25, 2020 show, we are talking about Maine seafood for the holidays! Our regular Coastal Conversations host Natalie Springuel teamed up with Sea Grant colleagues Dana Morse and Heather Sadusky, to celebrate Maine seafood traditions and feature seafood recipes you might like to try this holiday season! Our guests include oyster, mussel and salmon growers, lobster fishermen, fisheries advocates, and our very own Sea Grant graphic designer (who happens to be a darn good cook). You will hear about salmon, lobster, scallops, oysters and lots of other fresh Maine seafood. And you will get a lovely dose of family on this show; something about Maine, seafood and the holidays combined inspire connection. We hope this show will unleash your own culinary creativity in the kitchen this holiday season!

Guests:
Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant
Heather Sadusky, Maine Sea Grant
Kathy Tenga-González, Science Publications Designer, Maine Sea Grant
Wade and Claire Day, Machiasport (Wade is the Machiasport Harbormaster and a former lobsterman)
Jeff (Smokey) McKeen, Co-founder, Pemaquid Oyster Company
Afton Hupper, Maine Aquaculture Association
Marnie Reed Crowell, Deer Isle, author: Recipe ideas for farmed scallops
Andrew Lively, Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
John Cotton, Co-owner, Icehouse oysters
Monique Coombs, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
Fiona De Koning, Acadia Aquafarm
Butterfield family (Sue, Karen, Karla and Danielle), Butterfield Shellfish Co.

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.

Coastal Conversations 11/27/20: Lobster Research in a Changing Environment

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Introducing a new major lobster research program, the American Lobster Initiative, that seeks to answer important questions about lobster biology and ecology.
How do changes occurring in the marine environment, such as the warming Gulf of Maine, affect lobster reproduction and population?
How do environmental changes affect larval transport, predation, and settlement?
The importance of the lobster industry to our coastal economy is well known. How does this type of research help us plan for the future?

Guests:
Alex Ascher, a PhD student in Marine Biology at the University of Maine
Andrew Goode, a PhD candidate in Oceanography at the University of Maine
Ben Gutzler, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Amalia Harrington, a Marine Extension Associate with Maine Sea Grant, and Regional Lobster Extension Coordinator

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.

Coastal Conversations 10/23/20: Downeast Heritage

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Tell us about your work related to Maine’s geological, cultural, and natural-resource based heritage.
How are people in Maine’s coastal communities documenting, celebrating and protecting Maine’s heritage?
Two initiatives are under way to give the Downeast region special designations as a) a Natural Heritage Area and b) a Coastal Geopark. What are these initiatives all about, how can they contribute to community and economic development and how can people get involved?
What is the value of digging deep into the story of Maine’s people and places? How do these stories differ from the narratives often shared in the tourism brochures?

Guests:
Crystal Hitchings, Sunrise County Economic Council Program Director, Community Infrastructure and Promotion and DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism

Sahra Gibson, steering committee for Coastal Maine Geopark

Galen Koch, radio producer and writer with The First Coast, and co-founder of Maine Sound and Story.

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.

Coastal Conversations 9/25/20: Maine’s 19th Century Fisheries, a historical look in honor of the Bicentennial

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

What was commercial fishing, and especially the salt cod fishery, like in the nineteenth century?
What is the field of historical marine ecology and what can it tell us about Maine’s fisheries past, both socially and ecologically?
What have you learned from the nineteenth century vessel log books, which captains filled out in order to claim their saltcod bounty payment?
What was happening specifically in the Frenchman Bay region’s historical fishery from this treasure trove of vessel log books and other data sources?
How does understanding past fisheries help us manage for present fisheries?

Guests: Karen Alexander and Bill Leavenworth, historical marine ecologists

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.

Coastal Conversations 8/28/20: The Stories of the Sardine Industry

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Sardine canneries created jobs for generations of Mainers living near the coast for more than one hundred years, and cultivated values centered on hard, honest work and community. Sardines gave many Mainers an income during the Great Depression, presented opportunities for women to enter the workforce, and ingrained life-long bonds and stories in Maine communities that are still visible today.

On this edition of Coastal Conversations, we feature nine interviews centered around Maine’s historic sardine industry. These interviews span the entire process of creating a can of sardines, from late night weir-tending, to cutting off fish heads with scissors, to “cartoning” and shipping out truckloads of cans. The interview clips we featured today explore the history of the industry, from its humble beginnings to its eventual death, when Stinson Seafood, the last sardine cannery in Maine, closed down in 2010. In this show, we explore the lives of people deeply connected to the small silvery fish, and their impact on Maine and its communities.

Special thanks first and foremost to Camden Hunt for his near-total leadership on production for this show! We also appreciate the help of Ela Keegan, Hannah Robbins, Galen Koch, and Molly Graham, for production support.

The following people are featured on this show:

Arlene and Pete Hartford, age 73 and 76, from Gouldsboro, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2011
Susan Knight Calder, age 84, from Whiting, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2013
Willard and Peter Colson, age 88 and 56, from Southwest Harbor, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2011
Lela Anderson, age 80, from Corea, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2011
Diana Young, age 66, from Prospect Harbor, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2011
Myrtess Harrington, age 80, from Steuben, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2013
Clell Genthner, age 75, from Damariscotta, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2011
Al West, age 62, from Steuben, interviewed by Keith Ludden in 2012
Robert Dyer, age 82, from Chebeague Island, interviewed by Joshua Wrigley in 2013

Citation for the Oral History collection

We are grateful to the archives that have helped protect this important facet of Maine history. Though the interviews clips we used on our episode of Coastal Conversations have been edited for clarity and length, the original nine interviews are archived at the NOAA Voices Oral History Archives. Robert Dyer’s interview is part of the Maine Coast Oral History Initiative – the other eight are all from The Last Sardine Cannery Collection, also housed in Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc.

Specific Links for each interview are as follows:

Arlene and Pete Hartford
Susan Knight Calder
Willard and Peter Colson
Lela Anderson
Diana Young
Myrtess Harrington
Clell Genthner
Al West
Robert Dyer

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.

Coastal Conversations 7/24/20: Women Fishermen from Maine and PEI

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

-Differences in fisheries management in Maine vs PEI.
-How and why these women got into fishing?
-What and who inspired them and mentored them in their fishing careers?
-What does being a woman bring to the job?
-What do they love about fishing?
-What do they recommend to other women who want to go fishing?

Guests:
Marlene Chapman, homeport Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island, fishes for lobster off the coast of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, near Pictou Island
Holly Masterson, homeport Southwest Harbor, Maine, fishes for lobster, scallops, groundfish, and when the fishery is open, shrimp too.
Giulia Cardoso, homeport Bar Harbor, Maine, fishes for lobster, scallops and halibut.

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.

Coastal Conversations 6/26/20: The 1970’s Life of Maine Lobstermen

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

-Oral histories collection from the 1970’s called Life of the Maine Lobsterman, housed at University of Maine Fogler Library Special collections.
-Three multi-hour interviews, condensed to 12-20 minute clips with the highlights.
-Tribute to Andrew Gove, a lifelong lobsterman from Stonington who passed away the weekend of June 20, 2020.

Featuring:
Edwin Lawson, age 74, of West Tremont, Maine, interviewed by Rita Swidrowski in 1972.
Andy Gove, age 44, of Stonington, Maine, interviewed by David Littleton-Taylor in 1974.
Tim Staples, age unknown (perhaps in his early 20’s), of Swan’s Island, Maine, interviewed by David Littleton-Taylor in 1974.

The three interviews featured in this show are archived at the Raymond P. Fogler Library Special Collections, University of Maine, Orono, Maine. They are part of the Northeast Archive of Folklore and Oral History which was started by and, until recently, housed at the Maine Folklife Center.

Special accession numbers are as follows:

Life of the Maine Lobsterman collection MF037

Edwin Lawson NA0726

Andy Gove NA0970

Tim Staples NA 0897

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.

Coastal Conversations 5/22/20: Salters and Salmon

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Did you know that Downeast Maine is home to some of the very best fish habitat along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States! This month’s episode of Coastal Conversation is Salters and Salmon, a conversation about Sea-run Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon!
We talk fisheries biology, conservation history and fishing stories with Rob Packie, President of the Downeast Trout Unlimited, Jeff Reardon, Trout Unlimited’s Maine Brook Trout project director, Dwane Shaw, executive director of Downeast Salmon Federation, and Joe Robbins, a founding board member of Downeast Salmon Federation who started fishing for salmon in 1959.

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.