• March 5, 2018

    By Lori Valigra / Bangor Daily News

    Isle au Haut residents plan to install a sophisticated microgrid this spring that could eventually end their reliance on expensive power and heating fuel from the mainland.

    Community Engagement, Energy

  • March 1, 2018

    Catherine Cluett Pactol / Molokai Dispatch

    A proposal for a large-scale solar project on Molokai is on the table and residents are questioning the project’s benefits and whether community ownership of the project down the road is viable or desirable.

    Community Engagement, Energy

  • February 23, 2018

    Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times

    On remote islands off the coast of Maine, small bands of residents stay through the long winter. They embrace the emptiness and a frontier sensibility.

    Community Engagement, Media, Data and Research, Economic Development, Education & Leadership

  • February 22, 2018

    By Staff / Village Soup

    The Island Institute is now accepting applications for its 2018 Aquaculture Business Development program. In its third year, the program helps fishermen gain the tools they need to diversify and launch their small-scale aquaculture businesses.

    Economic Development, Aquaculture & Marine

  • Dr. Susie Arnold collecting data about the ocean chemistry.
    February 19, 2018

    By Lindsey Mills / NEWS CENTER Maine

    The water off Maine's coast is becoming more and more acidic. It's been shown to have a negative impact on some of the state's fisheries.

    Economic Development, Aquaculture & Marine

  • February 15, 2018

    By Kay Stephens / PenBay Pilot

    One of the biggest challenges for contemporary artists, craftspeople, and makers living in Maine is finding the right brick and mortar store to carry their original artwork and products.

    Archipelago Store & Gallery, Economic Development

  • February 5, 2018

    By Laurie Schreiber / Mainebiz

    Tollef Olson always had a thing for the sea. As a young man, he hunted for treasure on centuries-old shipwrecks, worked as a commercial fisherman in Florida and an urchin diver in Maine.

    Economic Development, Aquaculture & Marine

  • February 2, 2018

    By Dr. Lisa Belisle / Love Maine Radio

    In this weekend’s episode, Dr. Lisa Belisle talks with Jill Hinckley, owner of Hinckley Introductions, and Dr. Robert Snyder, president of the Island Institute.



  • December 20, 2017

    By Lisa Held / Civil Eats

    As Tollef Olsen throws a white buoy labeled “SEAFARM” into Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay on a cold, clear November day, he reminisces about talking to the Maine Sea Coast Vegetables founder Shep Erhart back in the early 1980s.

    Economic Development, Aquaculture & Marine