Author Archives: Emma Fox

About Emma Fox

I am an Ecology and Environmental Science Master’s student with the University of Maine School of Economics, formerly an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator with the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. I help the Frenchman Bay Partners document and facilitate stakeholder outreach and think about Ecosystem Service Valuation. My Master’s thesis work will provide support for the Partners as we continue to explore market-based solutions to conservation.

Thank you, Frenchman Bay Partners

by |

I wish to express my thanks to all who participated in the recent Frenchman Bay Partners Survey! Our response rate was 41.67%, so nearly half of the Partners are represented in the survey results. The preliminary results are intriguing, so I encourage each of you to contribute your responses if you haven’t already. Every point of view matters! I am excited to share the aggregate, summarized survey results in a technical report later this fall. For anyone who did not get a chance to fill out the survey but is interested in participating, please use the unique survey code you received through email in August. If you lost your unique survey code, please email me at for a code and link to the survey. Thank you again for your participation!


Emma Fox

New England Sustainability Consortium Update and Request for Your Help!

by |

photo 5I’m Emma Fox, a former AmeriCorps with MDI Biological Laboratory, now a Master’s Student in Ecology and Environmental Science with the University of Maine School of Economics. You may remember me from my presentation about the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) at the Frenchman Bay Partners (FBP) 2015 Annual Meeting at College of the Atlantic.

A response report for a NEST Maine and New Hampshire coast-wide survey is now available (by request), with information on citizen perceptions of: current water quality, factors that impact water quality and consequences of changing water quality in Maine and New Hampshire. As a Partner, you will receive an invitation later this summer to participate in a similar survey. I’m working on making the coast-wide data even more relevant for FBP work, so I plan to use the survey results to produce an FBP-centered report and provide support for the Partners as we continue to explore market-based solutions to conservation and Ecosystem Service Valuation. The FBP survey and subsequent technical report will be a piece of my Master’s thesis research.

So, how clean is our water? 

DSCN0010When evaluating the outcomes of water quality testing from beach areas, National Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) “Testing the Waters 2014” ranked Maine #27 out of 30 in terms of water quality, and New Hampshire was ranked #2, only behind Delaware. Maine and New Hampshire’s coastal residents did not necessarily agree with the NRDC rankings, indicating a potential gap between perceptions and water quality testing: 68.8% of respondents said that Maine had very good or excellent coastal water quality, compared to 46.3% of respondents who said NH had very good or excellent coastal water quality.

Do citizens think about what impacts our coastal water quality?

71% of residents did not believe there was any change they could make to their behavior that might negatively affect coastal water quality; however, 94% of residents believed that if their neighbors changed their behavior, it could improve coastal water quality.

What are citizen priorities for coastal managers?

Residents had strong opinions about coastal manager priorities: “reducing pollution entering coastal environments” was listed by residents as a top priority for coastal managers, followed by “protection or enhancement of coastal water quality.” When asked to contribute financially towards protecting coastal water quality, 61.3% of residents responded that they would agree to pay higher water/sewer/septic fees to improve coastal water quality.

Thank you for your continued interest in this important work, and thanks in advance for your participation in the upcoming survey!


Downeast Fisheries Trail

by |

The Downeast Fisheries Trail, a project coordinated through Maine Sea Grant, connects current and historic fisheries, weaving together pieces of Maine’s maritime heritage for visitors and locals alike.

Recently, there was a Downeast Fisheries Trail Celebration at the municipal building in Columbia Falls, ME on April 26th, 2013 to recognize each of the sites on the Trail, after which participants were invited to a Downeast Smelt Fry hosted by the Downeast Wild Salmon Federation. There were 40 attendees at the Celebration, representing two thirds of the sites on the Fisheries Trail. The Celebration was a great opportunity for site representatives to tell stories about each of their sites, and to hear about each of the other sites on the Downeast Fisheries Trail.

The Downeast Fisheries Trail Celebration will be featured in the May 2013 publication of the Frenchman Bay Partners E-Newsletter. For more information on the Downeast Fisheries Trail, please visit their website and like them on Facebook!

More information for sites on the Downeast Fisheries Trail is available here.

Frenchman Bay Partners present at Zone B Lobster Council Meeting

by |

Back in February at the Harbor Committee meeting in Bar Harbor, lobster fisherman Jon Carter invited the Frenchman Bay Partners to present at the next Zone B Lobster Council Meeting. On April 8th, Emma Fox (AmeriCorps Environmental Educator with MDI Bio Lab) presented to the Zone B Lobster Council on behalf of the Frenchman Bay Partners. Jane Disney, president of the Frenchman Bay Partners, answered questions following the presentation.

Jon Carter agreed to be the temporary liaison to the Partners for the Zone B Council. You can find the minutes from the meeting here.

DMR Biotoxin Management Program Meeting – April 8, 2013

by |

The Frenchman Bay Partners sent a statement to Kohl Kanwit at the Department of Marine Resources regarding proposed changes to the DMR Biotoxin Management Program in advance of the public meeting about said changes held at the Ellsworth City Hall on April 8th, 2013.

Many Frenchman Bay Partners attended the April 8th meeting, which was brief and informative. Most questions were regarding the switch to high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) testing from the mouse assay method. The meeting summary can be found here.

Blue Hill Bay Watershed Needs Assessment

by |

The Hancock County Planning Commission recently published a draft of the Blue Hill Bay Watershed Needs Assessment in partnership with Friends of Blue Hill Bay. The purpose of the assessment is to identify the environmental, economic, and social needs and assets of Blue Hill Bay.

Click More information on the Blue Hill Bay Watershed Needs Assessment can be found here.