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Frenchman Bay Partners to Host Rockweed Meeting

The Frenchman Bay Partners is hosting an informational Rockweed Meeting on April 2, 2016 from 9-12 pm at the Sullivan/Sorrento Recreation Center. Rockweed is a seaweed with a wide range of uses. It has recently made headlines in the Frenchman Bay area, and was brought up by some Partners as a concern. The major issue is, “Who owns the rockweed?” In response, the Partners decided to host an educational meeting to learn about the impacts Read more…

Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress

The Portland Press Herald is running a 6-part series by award-winning author and Press Herald reporter Colin Woodard titled “Mayday: Gulf of Maine in distress”. Woodard touches on the same targets the Frenchman Bay Partners have identified, and much more. To view each part of the series click on the links below. Part 1: Big changes are occurring in one of the fastest-warming spots on Earth – Yarmouth Bar, Nova Scotia Canadian government hinders scientists from Read more…

FBP Steering Committee Meets to Discuss Rockweed

It’s something everyone’s talking about, and Frenchman Bay Partners is no exception. Rockweed, or Ascophyllum nodosum, is a seaweed that grows in the intertidal. According to a rockweed fact sheet published by the Maine Sea Grant, rockweed is a valuable resource. It is harvested for use in food, fertilizer, soil conditioners, animal feed, and other products. Coastal Maine began seeing commercial-scale harvesting in the 1970s; rockweed management has been a discussion ever since. (more…)

Ecosystem Services Values Across the Bay

Ecosystem services are benefits that people derive from the natural world, and the Frenchman Bay Partners has been engaging community members in conversations about the benefits we all derive from our connections to Frenchman Bay. Identifying and prioritizing these attributes can inform management decisions. Participants have also been engaged in helping create a computer-based Ecosystem Services Value (ESValue) decision support tool for Frenchman Bay.
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Thank you, Frenchman Bay Partners

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. Read more…