The Summer 2017 issue of Friends of Acadia Journal features a story about how researchers, park managers, and conservationists are responding to the effects of sea-level rise in Acadia National Park. One area of focus is salt marshes. Maine Coast Heritage Trust is working with the park to plan for changing marsh size and character, conserving upland areas that will allow for marsh "migration." (Some of this part of the story was covered in Coastal Conversations on WERU last February). Sites of human history are also threatened by rising seas and related erosion. Alice Kelley's Sea Grant-funded project to study shell middens has included National Park sites.
The essay “Why We Love the Ocean,” published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors 30th anniversary issue, relies on a large and growing literature of the history, science, and philosophy of human connections with the natural environment. Accessible version (PDF) Printable version (PDF) Below is a selected bibliography used for the article.
Kaplan, R., and S. Kaplan. 1989. The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. CUP Archive.
Louv, R. 2016. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Algonquin Books.
The annual report, featuring impacts, accomplishments, and summary data for the period from 1 February 2016 through January 2017 is now available. Highlights include
More than 60 fishermen from communities across the coast have participated in the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program. To date, 13 have secured leases and a total of 30 are now involved in aquaculture to some degree.
Graduate student Jordan Snyder and Sea Grant Assistant Director for Research Damian Brady and their colleagues have a new paper in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science about their NOAA Sea Grant-funded research on developing tools for siting aquaculture operations. Here's the abstract of the article: "Remote sensing data is useful for selection of aquaculture sites because it can provide water-quality products mapped over large regions at low cost to users. However, the spatial resolution of most ocean color satellites is too coarse to provide usable data within many estuaries. The Landsat 8 satellite, launched February 11, 2013, has both the spatial resolution and the necessary signal to noise ratio to provide temperature, as well as ocean color derived products along complex coastlines.
Between the head of tide above Bangor to where it widens into the bay at Searsport, the Penobscot River shifts from a flowing freshwater waterway banked by cedar and pine to a brackish, wave-lapped marsh with a rocky shoreline. In this estuary, salt concentrations fluctuate as the winds and tides push sea water and sediments back and forth.
- from UMaine News
Access to Maine’s beaches and coastal areas can sometimes be a challenge. According to the latest analysis of property ownership data by the Maine Coastal Program, the public owns just 12 percent of Maine’s 5,400-mile shoreline. Public rights to the rest of the coast vary considerably, from submerged areas below low tide through the intertidal zone to upland areas. Unlike most other states, Maine and Massachusetts extend most private property rights to the low-tide mark.