The Friends of Blue Hill Bay need your help! The number of aquaculture lease sites in the bay is increasing and there is very little oversight.
You can now donate via credit card or check - click here to donate
Your much-needed donation supports all of FOBHB's work including legal efforts as well as community outreach and education, partnering in regional conservation efforts, advocating for healthy bays and oceans on a national scale, supporting sustainable fisheries, and promoting research of Blue Hill Bay.
The mission of the Friends of Blue Hill Bay (FOBHB) is to conserve the natural ecology, sustainable marine fisheries, and unique aesthetic quality of Blue Hill Bay. We have been forwarding this mission since 1999 and we invite you to celebrate our ten-year anniversary by learning more about the group and by contributing to our efforts.
In addition to monitoring the expansion and effects of aquaculture, FOBHB is also working to address other challenges in the Bay. These include shellfish declines, harbor dredging, climate change, nitrogen pollution, and sustainable finfish fisheries. We are advocating for a Baywide Management Plan that includes all those who have a vested interest in a healthy Bay.
We invite you to browse our web site to learn more about the environmental threats to Blue Hill Bay, what we are doing to protect the Bay, and how you can help.
Linda Greenlaw to Speak at FOBHB Annual Meeting!
Linda Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfishing captain, will be guest speaker at this year’s FOBHB Annual Meeting to be held on Monday July 29, 6:00 pm at the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club. Linda is author of three New York Times bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman: The Hungry Ocean (1999), The Lobster Chronicles (2002), and All Fishermen Are Liars (2004). She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003 and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004.
Volunteers Needed for Long Island Clean Up
Long Island Beach Clean-Up with FOBHB & Friends of Acadia—Saturday July 27. Volunteers are needed for this annual event which includes a boat ride and a stroll on the beaches of beautiful Long Island in Blue Hill Bay.
FOBHB Receives Grants to Study Shellfish and Ocean Acidification
Researchers in the Gulf of Maine, have observed episodes of acidic river influx corresponding to the peak spawning period for softshell clams (Mya arenaria). They conclude that such events have the potential to adversely affect the survivability and subsequent settlement distribution of softshell clams if they occur during spawning periods. In Blue Hill Bay, over 279,000 pounds of softshell clams were harvested in 2011 netting over $404,000. Other species that depend on shelled organisms include lobster and crabs, which net Blue Hill Bay fishermen over $23 million.
This spring, FOBHB received partial grants from the Maine Community Foundation and the John Sage Foundation to launch a baseline documentation of shellfish diversity and abundance in Blue Hill Bay. The data will be used to monitor potential impacts of ocean acidification, pollution, harvesting, and shore management. For the first year of the project we anticipate several school groups (students and teachers) as well as community volunteers will participate in field trips, for a total of about 50-65 community members directly involved in experiential data collection and exposure to shore habitats. Once the results are collected, this project will serve all Maine coastal communities.
FOBHB Summer 2013 Newsletter Now Available!
Click here for the FOBHB 2013 Newsletter
****** Needs Assessment Now Available********
The Blue Hill Bay Needs Assessment report is now ready. The Blue Hill Bay Watershed Needs Assessment is a multi-town, multi-stakeholder initiative designed to engage these communities in a dialogue to better understand their resources, assess the status of the resources, and make informed decisions about coastal activities which impact these resources.
The Project is being led by the Hancock County Planning Commission partnering with the Friends of Blue HIll Bay and the eight communties surrounding the bay.
Latest Disease Fiasco Confirms Need for Land-Based Farmed Salmon
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) urgently calls upon Fisheries and Oceans Canada and provincial governments to restore public confidence in salmon farming by immediately imposing a moratorium on the expansion of open net pen salmon farming and seriously investing in closed-containment technology.
Follow FOBHB's Effort to Protect Newbury Neck
This spring, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) granted a blue mussel aquaculture lease just off shore of High Head at the end of the much-loved Newbury Neck. Despite opposition from the Town of Surry and FOBHB, DMR granted the lease in April, and consequently in June, FOBHB filed a petition in Maine Superior Court citing that DMR’s action adversely impacts the natural ecology of the bay, excludes all other reasonable uses of the area, and denies the community the ability to fish, boat, and recreate in the area. It further charges that DMR regulations do not contain adequate rules dealing with the method of gathering and assessing baseline information as required by law. Below are the legal documents in order of occurance:
- Letter to DMR from the Town of Surry Opposing Lease - March 2012
- Letter to DMR from FOBHB Opposing Lease- March 2012
- FOBHB's Petition Filed with Maine Superior Court -June 2012
- DMR's Response to Petition - August 2012
- FOBHB's Reply to DMR's Response -August 2012
Additions to the Web
- FOBHB joins Frenchman Bay Partners. Study shows loss of eelgrass in Goose Cove 2008-2011. Click Here.
- Best Management Practices for the East Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Industry The manual is the final product of 22 workshops with input from hundreds of stakeholders.
- Aquaculture Update: New NB Rules on Sea Lice Proposed
- Behold the Bay Symposium (Fall 2011) Presentations
- Links to important Bay and Ocean Intitiatives:
Aquaculture Update Page - Click Here
Visit the new "Sustainable Fisheries" page to learn about sustainable seafood, ocean issues, local sustainable intitiatives, and sustainable fisheries management.