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

Aquaculture & 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.

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.

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.

By Staff / PenBay Pilot

The Island Institute will host a special evening conversation on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m., with chef and author Barton Seaver, and Rob Snyder, Ph.D, president of the Island Institute, discussing Barton's new book, American Seafood.

The event will take place at the Island Institute, 386 Main Street in Rockland, with a cocktail reception and book signing to follow in Archipelago, the Island Institute's store.

Chef and author Barton Seaver

By Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Gov. Paul LePage was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify against a House bill designed to support working waterfronts.

HR 1176 is sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, but LePage takes issue with the role the federal government would play.

Pingree’s bill, co-sponsored by Republican Rob Wittman of Virginia, offers two basic amendments to the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act.

By Steve Bittenbender / Seafood Source

A Maine congresswoman is calling on the federal government to establish a grant program to preserve waterfront access for those who make a living on it.