BAR HARBOR — Marine scientist Susie Arnold of the Island Institute will discuss research about kelp farming and ocean acidification Monday, March 9 at 5 p.m. at the MDI Biological Laboratory, as part of the laboratory’s Science Café series.

Maine’s scenic coastlines and long-established fisheries contribute to the state’s economy, making Maine vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification from both an environmental and socio-economic perspective.

February 26, 2020

Aquaculture & Marine

Every January, Mainebiz looks at the coming year and asks a range of experts, “Where is the economy headed?” This year, we asked CEOs, business owners and nonprofit leaders what 2020 will look like. A year ago, many were expecting a recession. That didn’t materialize and this year many are expecting to stay strong throughout the year. Yet, even though some sectors are strong, there are concerns out there. Construction costs continue to skyrocket, consumer goods are getting more expensive, health care costs are rising.

January 13, 2020

Economic Development

OWLS HEAD — The lack of broadband service is leaving some residents out in the digital cold and they are asking the town for help.

Several people turned out Monday afternoon Jan. 6 to an Owls Head Selectmen's meeting to discuss the impact of not having access to the internet.

In the end, a town committee and the Rockland-based Island Institute, which has worked on the issues for island and other coastal communities, will look at options.

January 11, 2020

Economic Development

For business, 2019 has been a mix of good and bad. With the approach of the new year, Mainebiz has taken a look at 10 of 2019’s most “positive” stories — ones that carry an encouraging message about Maine’s economy and companies.

Some of these articles are taken from “The Week in Review” section of each Friday’s Mainebiz Daily Report. Others are simply favorites of the editorial team. On Monday, we’ll present 10 of the year’s most “negative” stories.

Irina Erickson, an inmate at the Women’s Re-Entry Center in Windham, works at David’s 388 in South Portland through an apprenticeship program of HospitalityMaine and the state Department of Corrections.

ROCKLAND — The City of Rockland announced that the Energy Committee has been awarded a $2,000 Spark! Grant by the Island Institute. This effort is in conjunction with the recently adopted Rockland Climate Action Plan to move the city to carbon neutrality by 2045. The Island Institute is a community development non-profit based in Rockland.

December 24, 2019


Stonington, the state of Maine’s top fishing port in landed value, is facing seismic change. By mid-century, its lobster fishery could drop by 15 to 20 percent due to warming ocean waters, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute predicts.

Tethered to the mainland by a thin thread of causeway and an 80-year-old bridge, this small town also faces rising seas that threaten infrastructure — including the town pier and a waterfront fire station.

December 20, 2019

Aquaculture & Marine

ISLESBORO — Marshall Cove Mussel Farm, owned by island residents Josh and Shey Conover, was the subject of a video released by the Maine Aquaculture Association Dec. 5, the second in a series of videos about its members the MAA is producing.

According to an MAA press release, "the videos tell the stories of aquatic farmers in Maine, underscoring how aquaculture complements existing marine industries and works to diversity and strengthen our coastal economy."

December 13, 2019

Aquaculture & Marine

A bipartisan measure to help protect working waterfronts against climate change and incompatible development pressures passed the U.S. House Tuesday by a vote of 262-151, with 34 Republicans voting in support.

December 10, 2019

Aquaculture & Marine

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, today passed the House of Representatives on a 262-151 vote.

December 10, 2019

Aquaculture & Marine

The Island Institute has published a new study that describes the growth potential for Maine's edible seaweed market over the next fifteen years. More than 95% of edible seaweed products found in the U.S. are currently imported, yet Maine waters provide the perfect conditions for growing quality sea vegetables locally. Maine aquaculturists areharvesting a highly nutritious, organic product and are seeing a surge in interest in edible seaweed across the country.