Author Archives: Bebe Moulton

Blue Hill Bay shellfish ban

On Saturday, September 23, the Department of Marine Resources announced that Blue Hill Bay will be closed indefinitely to shellfish harvesting. The area includes the area north of Naskeag Point Brooklint to Lopaus Point, Tremont. The reason for the closing is the risk of amnesic shellfish poisoning which can cause headaches, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea.

Also included in the closures are Salt Pond, Morgan Bay and Western Bay.

Hardwood Island Lease

Hardwood Island—blue mussels Friends of Blue Hill Bay president, Don Eley and FoBHB legal counsel, Sally Mills, have attended, as intervenors, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) hearings involving the 15-acre blue mussel farm lease east of Hardwood Island belonging to Erick Swanson, of Maine Cultured Mussels. Mr. Swanson’s original lease expired in 2013. He appliedContinue Reading

Long Island Lease Pending

Long Island—blue mussels Erick Spencer Swanson applied to renew his lease east of Long Island, which was due to expire May 23rd of this year. The original lease, 50+ acres, was previously reduced to 4.7acres. Friends of Blue Hill Bay is opposed to renewing this lease as it has not been maintained as required. LightedContinue Reading

Suit to Block Rockweed Harvest

A suit has been filed by three owners of Washington County shorefront property hoping that the court will decide whether the rockweed belongs to the landowner or is part of the public trust and therefore open to harvesting.The suit has been brought against Acadian Seaplants Ltd. a Canadian company that is the largest harvester ofContinue Reading

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon

An article in the New York Times today reports that the FDA has approved genetically engineered salmon for sale in US supermarkets though it will probably not happen for a few years.  Editing salmon genes will result in the salmon reaching their full growth in half the normal time.  To read the full article please link to: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/business/genetically-engineered-salmon-approved-for-consumption.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0  

Shore Inventory Data Now Available Online

Softshell clam measurements and species inventory data from the Shore Inventory project are now available via a link to the Excel file located on Google Drive. The data can be downloaded directly to your computer — Friends of Blue Hill Bay Shore Inventory Public Data — or used online. The map shown below provides the locations forContinue Reading

Maine Rockweed Status Report

Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley, Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell University/UNH) on Appledore Island co-founded the Rockweed Coalition  in 2008, a citizen group based in eastern Maine supporting rockweed habitat conservation.  There are several issues which she has addressed in her report which include the questions:  Who owns theContinue Reading

Rockweed Harvesting

The Maine Department of Marine Resources will soon expand rockweed harvest all along Maine’s coast, including intertidal shores of private and town property, land trusts, parks, and refuges. Only a few areas are proposed for closure, based on maps of significant bird habitat and known seal pupping areas. In past decades too many fisheries haveContinue Reading

Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley will speak following Downeast Audubon’s movie, Magic of the Snowy Owl.

Friday, February 6 at the Blue Hill Library. Downeast Audubon will show the movie at 7PM.  Immediately following the movie, at 800PM, Dr. Seeley will discuss rockweed harvesting in Blue Hill Bay and review maps of proposed closures.Continue Reading

Cashes Ledge is closer to Permanent Protection

Cashes Ledge, a center of biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine, has been protected from bottom  trawling and other damaging fishing practices for the past ten years. This protection is in jeopardy and Conservation Law Foundation has been fighting to keep this protection. CLF has asked people to sign a petition to NOAA, asking them to protectContinue Reading