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Since October 2014, students in the Cobscook Community High School (CCHS) program have been engaged in an experimental clam project that tests the clam’s ability to thrive in a variety of substrates. CCHS partnered with the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education (DEI) to learn about clam life history, algae propagation, and hatchery operations. Afterwards, the students began growing algae in preparation for raising the DEI clams in their classroom. Later this spring, the students will analyze the clams to measure rate of growth in each substrate. They will follow this project with planting their clams in the flats on Straight Bay to monitor clam growth in natural conditions. This project allows students to actively think about the scientific process of designing experiments as well as understanding the biological life history of shellfish. This is just one of the many amazing projects these talented educators and their bright students have been working on throughout the school year.
CCHS is a program of the Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC), based in Trescott Township. The program focuses on experiential learning through expeditions, service projects, and community engagement to build students’ leadership, outdoor, academic, and personal skills. CCHS also partners with many other organizations to expose students to a wide variety of topics and learning experiences throughout Washington County and the state of Maine. To learn more about the Cobscook Community High School and/or the Learning Center, visit www.cclc.me or call 207-733-2233.
The town of Penobscot has recently formed its own Alewife Committee to work towards re-establishing its commercial alewife fishery. They recently met with Claire Enterline from Maine Department of Marine Resources to discuss how to make re-opening of the alewife runs a reality. Bailey Bowden, who led in the formation of the Penobscot Alewife Committee, attended the Downeast Fisheries Partnership Alewife Restoration Workshop that was held on January 21, 2015. On the basis of what Bowden learned there – and the connections he made with other “alewife activists” – he was inspired to push for Penobscot to regain the right to manage its alewife runs. Through the work of Bowden and others, alewives have a chance to make a comeback; and not just for today, but for generations into the future.
To read the full article about the Penobscot Alewife Committee in the Castine Patriot, please visit their website.
The Maine Sea Grant is offering scholarships to college undergraduate students studying Marine Science at any of the five participating institutions. Those participating are: College of the Atlantic, Maine Maritime Academy, , University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias, and University of New England.
For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please visit http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/funding/msg-undergraduate-scholarship.
The deadline for applications is Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:00pm.
The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary (SMWS) is seeking a new director to lead programming and operations at their 230-acre wildlife sanctuary on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Interested applicants should send a letter and resume to: SMWS Director Search Committee, SMWS, P.O. Box 171, Mount Desert, ME 04660. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015! Click here to see the full SMWS Director Position Description. For more information about the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, go to www.somesmeynell.org.
Join Project SHARE on March 11, 2015 for an all day Stream Restoration Techniques Workshop. The workshop will be taking place at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, located at 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
The workshop will have special speakers from around Maine and New England sharing their knowledge on restoration topics, such as stream assessments, wood techniques, and research and monitoring. This workshop is intended to be interactive and general discussion will follow each presentation.
There is a nominal fee of $35.00 to cover the costs of hosting the workshop. To make payment, or if you have any questions about the workshop – please contact Steven Koenig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-853-0931
On January 27, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued a letter to Black Bear Hydro, LLC, the owner of the Ellsworth Dam Project on the Union River documenting the fish kill as a violation of its license. This license expires in 2017 and is under consideration for renewal by FERC. State and Federal agencies have raised concerns to be addressed during the relicensing process about upstream and downstream passage at the dam. The FERC reports evidence of dead juvenile river herring and adult American eels at the base of the dam, below the turbines. The letter states “the downstream fishway was not operating properly and doubts whether it has been operated properly in the past.” According to summaries from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over twenty years have passed without any evaluation of the dam’s effectiveness of safely transporting migrating fish downstream.
Make sure to check out the full letter here!