Over the past few weeks, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) completed the purchase of a narrow strip of property in South Gouldsboro to provide shore access for clam harvesters and others seeking access to Bunker's Cove, Stave Island, and the Stave Island Bar.
Over the past two months, the shore access team has identified access points that are critical to Gouldsboro's clam harvester community. This post is an update on collaborations with local land trusts and promising developments in our work to protect shore access.
Gouldsboro's Shellfish Resilience Lab just received $20,000 from the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund to conduct experiments and collect data to address green crab predation that reduced survival in last summer's cohort of juvenile clams. This post describes what we plan to do.
Now that our first cohort of overwintering clams is in the Shellfish Resilience Lab's saltwater tank, we are learning how to maintain the lab's systems. Some of what we are learning may be unique to the Gouldsboro lab, but some of it is knowledge that other towns might use if they decide to raise and overwinter clams. This post shares some of what we've learned from the cold days and low tides this January and February.
Just after Christmas, shellfish harvester and committee member Mike Cronin took Pauline Angione and Vicki Rea on a driving and walking tour of some of the shore areas that he uses to get down to clam flats. Come along and see some of what they saw.
The Island Institute published a report on Maine's working waterfronts and shore access that is essential reading. it puts together the pieces of this puzzle in a way that makes it possible to see solutions. Maine's future depends on getting this right.
Gouldsboro's shellfish committee places recruitment boxes along the shore to gather data about recruitment density. Identifying the bays and coves where recruitment is strongest is important when deciding where to focus restoration efforts. On December 17th we opened up the recruitment boxes that had been sitting out on mudflats during summer and fall. Opening up the boxes is kind of exciting. What will we find?
On November 16, 2021, a team of volunteers retrieved and processed the 10 nursery trays that had been floating in the old lobster pound behind Gouldsboro’s Shellfish Resilience Lab in Bunker’s Harbor. This is a report on what they did and what they found. It also looks ahead to what these findings mean for work in 2022.
The Shore and Storm project will identify where Gouldsboro is vulnerable to severe damage and disruption from sea-level rise, storms, and storm surge. Much of that work depends on information from residents. But we also need assistance from hydrologists and other experts who can use maps and projections from the Maine Geological Survey to identify future trouble spots. Gouldsboro has contracted with FB Environmental for that expertise.
Gouldsboro's shellfish committee met on the evening of December 15, 2021, and began identifying high-priority access points for important harvest areas. This post describes that process and looks ahead to future work.