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.

He has started and sold a variety of businesses, including Aqua Farms LLC (producer of Bangs Island Mussels) and Ocean Approved.

In 2016, he co-founded Ocean's Balance, which a year ago started producing a Kelp Puree made from wild seaweed harvested by Olson. Buyers include grocery stores, institutions and restaurants.

February 5, 2018

Economic Development, Marine

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.

 

February 2, 2018

Media

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.

During this conversation, the two discussed the environmental benefits of farming seaweed.

December 20, 2017

Economic Development, Marine

By Fred Bever / Maine Public

Scientists, municipal and state officials, consultants and concerned citizens gathered in Portland Tuesday to consider ways to protect against rising sea-levels and intense storms.

Sponsored by the Rockland-based Island Institute, the daylong forum highlighted work up and down the coast documenting the dangers sea-level rise and other climate-change-driven events pose for vulnerable ecosystems and infrastructure. The 60-plus attendees discussed strategies and standards that would foster coastal resilience, and how to finance solutions.

November 29, 2017

Community Development, Marine

Colin Woodard / Portland Press Herald

At last week’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Germany, an issue of vital importance to Maine fishermen and shellfish growers took the international spotlight.

This issue is the increasing acidity of the sea, which is making it harder for some shellfish to grow their shells.

November 19, 2017

Marine

By Associated Press

Students in Maine who have been learning about marine science will conclude their project by dropping kelp-growing lines in the water at the start of the winter growing season.

The Peaks Island Elementary students have been participating in a program called "KELP4KIDS."

KELP4KIDS is a 12-week curriculum for second- through fifth-graders at the island school. Kelp is grown as a crop in Maine for use in food and other products.

October 20, 2017

Education, Marine

By Kay Stephens / PenBay Pilot

Close to 200 people attended the Artists and Makers Conference, Friday, April 6, at Point Lookout in Northport. For artists and crafters in the creative economy, the Archipelago/Island Institute-sponsored event offered a full day of sessions.

Workshops focused on three different tracts of sessions: Foundational, for those just starting a business; Transformational, for those in the process of growing their business; and Inspirational, those who are established but looking for inspiration.

By Staff / The Free Press

The fifth annual Artists & Makers Conference, offering tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine, will take place Friday, April 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport.

By Dagney C. Ernest / Village Soup

Early bird registration runs to Saturday, March 17, for the 5th annual Artists & Makers Conference, produced by the Island Institute’s Archipelago gallery/store. The conference is set for Friday, April 6, at a new location, Point Lookout.

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.

The nonprofit wants to work with coastal and island residents who are highly motivated to start their shellfish or seaweed aquaculture businesses within the next two years. Applications are being accepted through March 23.

February 22, 2018

Economic Development, Marine