Coastal Clean Up

A new initiative in the MDI and Frenchman Bay Area is called Clean Water, Clean Shores. September 17th, 2011 was the 2nd annual event, with multiple clean-up efforts taking place. Clean-ups in the Frenchman Bay area included Hadley Point to Salisbury Cove, Bar Harbor and Bar Island, Lamoine shoreline, Long Porcupine, Stave, Little Moose, and Schoodic Islands.

Clam Conservation

  Most of the available clam resource in Bar Harbor is at Hadley Point and in Thomas Bay. Clam harvests are regulated by the town which has an ordinance. There are conservation areas on the east and west side of Hadley Point. Both areas have been closed in the past for conservation, but are currently open for harvesting. The Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee, in partnership with College of the Atlantic and MDI High School, Read more…

Eelgrass Restoration

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) is working to restore eelgrass habitat that serves as essential nursery areas for commercially important marine species in the Gulf of Maine. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a unique flowering plant, formerly occurring in widespread meadows in sub-tidal areas along many coastlines in the Northern Hemisphere. As one of the primary photosynthetic producers, and as nursery habitat for many species, it plays a crucial role in the ecology of the Read more…