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The Island Institute works to sustain Maine's island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.  

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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Gulf of Maine watershed
    January 16

    “The ocean is the climate’s heart and circulatory system. Warming is a stress on the heart,” Aimee Bonnanno of the New England Aquarium told a crowd of 345 people, mostly scientists, who had gathered to try to understand the future of the Gulf of Maine in a hotter climate.

  • Production still from The Lighthouse (2019) and Captain January (1936)
    January 16

    Disney worked with state government to send two fawns to Hollywood so Bambi animators could study their movements.

  • The Pleasant River
    January 15

    He’d talk about catching smelts as a child, back when the train came through Columbia Falls, and they’d pack the fish end-for-end in wooden boxes…