Coastal Conversations 4/24/20: Impact of COVID-19 on Maine’s Fishermen and Aquaculture Farmers

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

As global and national seafood markets shut down, the demand for local Maine seafood by residents is on the rise.
How does the seafood supply chain work and how do disruptions affect it.
What support is available for fishermen and aquaculture farmers to help their businesses survive during the pandemic.
How can local consumers access local seafood?

Joanna Fogg, the owner of Bar Harbor Oyster Company
Sebastian Belle and Afton Hupper, both from the Maine Aquaculture Association
Marianne LaCroix, from the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, and
Ben Martens, from the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

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 1/24/20: Community Science Education

Guest Producer/Host: Catherine Schmitt
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:
a) bringing young people into nature for studies that have implications for their families and communities makes science relevant and real.
b) schools provide research capacity in rural communities
c) outdoor classrooms have lifelong impacts.

Bill Zoellick, Schoodic Institute Education Director Emeritus
Sarah Hooper, Schoodic Institute Education Specialist
Mike Pinkham, Gouldsboro Shellfish Warden

Coastal Conversations 11/22/19: Advancing Maine’s Marine Economy

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, substitute for Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:

What is University of Maine Sea Grant, and its role with Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy? What is the purpose of the Alliance, how is it funded and how does it make strategic investments
What is the current status of the marine economy and challenges— how the Alliance is helping the industry address those challenges, with examples of investments by the Alliance with Mook Sea Farms, Springtide Seaweed, Downeast Institute for Applied marine Research and Education, and Ready Seafood
What some of the remaining challenges for the marine economy in Maine?
What are hopes for the marine economy in Maine?

Keri Kazor, Coordinator, Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy, UM Sea Grant
Sarah Redmond, founder, Springtide Seaweed, Gouldsboro; organizer, Maine Seaweed Fair
Bill Mook, founder, Mook Sea Farms, Walpole (Damariscotta River)
Diane Tilton, Executive Director, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, Beals
Curt Brown, Marine Biologist, Ready Seafood, Portland.

Coastal Conversations 8/23/19: Rockweed Economy and Ecology

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Ascophyllum Nodosum, more commonly known as rockweed, is that ubiquitous brown seaweed that coats much of the shoreline between high and low tide. Rockweed has been commercially harvested in Maine for decades and it is an important part of a healthy intertidal ecosystem. Recently, the Maine Supreme Judicial court ruled that rockweed, unlike clams and other species that grow along Maine’s shore, is the property of the upland landowner.

What is rockweed and what role does it play in a healthy intertidal ecosystem?
What is the history of the rockweed harvesting in Maine and how is it harvested?
What was the recent court ruling about?

Hannah Mittelstaedt, graduate student, invertebrate ecology, University of Maine
Greg Tobey, General Manager, Source Micronutrients
Bonnie Tobey, Operations Manager, Source Micronutrients
Jaclyn Robidoux, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant
George Seaver, VP of Ocean Organics

Coastal Conversations 7/26/19: Maine Authors of the Coast

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:
·What are your books about?
·Between you, you have very different genres (fiction, science writing, guidebooks…), how did you come to this genre and how do you think your work is related to each other?
·How does Maine figure in your books? Why?
·What is your research process?
·What are the ethics of getting the facts right and representing your characters or your places truthfully?


Barbara Lawrence first visited Mount Desert in 1948, and in 1979 became “a year-round summer person.” That perspective grounds her novels, which grew out of her dissertation about the influence of culture on aspirations on Mount Desert Island. She has written seven other books and many articles on a wide range of topics.

Catherine Schmitt writes nonfiction, primarily about science, nature, and the environment, and works as a science communication specialist with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.

Hope Rowan. In addition to a writer of guide books and stories of the outdoors, Hope Rowan is a freelance cartogpher and works as a GIS Specialist at the Center for Community GIS.

Coastal Conversations 6/28/19: North Haven Community School Magnet Program

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

·Overview of the interdisciplinary approach to education at the K-12 North Haven Community School.

·What is a magnet school program and why is an island-based school seeking magnet students?

·Student voices talking about the experience of being a magnet student, how a washed up whale became a central focus throughout the school’s curriculum this year, and how one senior is getting a start in scallop farming.


Teachers from North Haven Community School

Courney Naliboff, K-12 music, theatre, English and writing teacher
Lisa White, high school science and Math teacher,
Amy Peterson, high school humanities teacher.
Students from North Haven Community School

Coastal Conversations 5/24/19: Alewife restoration in the Bagaduce River Watershed

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

1) What are alewives, what is their ecology and cultural history?
2) How do alewives uses the Bagaduce region and have been their barriers to spawning here?
3) What is being done to help restore alewives in the regions, the important role of volunteers and how people can get involved.

Bailey Bowden from the Town of Penobscot, fisheries activist and co-founder of the Bagaduce River Alewife Committee – a group of citizens from three river towns working to restore fish passage within their watershed.
Mike Thalhauser, Fisheries Biologist at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington – facilitating and supporting the Bagaduce River Alewife Committee as part of their efforts to support co-managed fisheries at the right scale.
Ciona Ulbrich, Senior Project Manager at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. In close partnership with Bailey, Mike and others, Ciona has served as point person in pulling together the funding, collaboration, engineering and construction of the set of fishway projects that together will restore passage throughout the Bagaduce River watershed.

Coastal Conversations 4/26/19: Marine worms, economy and ecology of two little known species

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

College of the Atlantic senior Kaitlyn Clark completed 19 interviews with worm harvesters, dealers and others involved in the marine worm industry (the state’s fifth largest fishery). On today’s show, we share audio clips from six of those harvesters and dealers who, with help from Clark, cover the following topics:
1. What are marine worms, where do they live, and why should we care about these critters?
2. How are worms harvested, what gear is used, how do wormers know where to find them, and what knowledge have they gained about worm ecology and movements?
3. What are the issues that worm harvesters are faced with today, including coastal access to mud flats, land-owner relationships, fisheries management, and the opioid epidemic.

Kaitlyn Clark, Undergraduate Researcher at College of the Atlantic
Donnie Bayrd, bloodworm digger and dealer from Milbridge
Fred Johnson, bloodworm digger from Steuben
Johnathan Renwick, bloodworm digger from Birch Harbor
Derek Crocker, bloodworm and sandworm digger from Deer Isle
James Arsenault, sandworm digger from Dresden
Ken Webber, sandworm digger from Ellsworth