The Chris Wolf Show / WRFR Radio and Maine Coast TV

Representatives from the Rockland Energy Committee joined The Chris Wolf Show on December 28, 2016 to talk about the Weatherize Rockland initiative, energy efficiency, and energy incentives for the local community.

Guests included committee representatives Larry Pritchett and the Island Institute's Brooks Winner.

January 16, 2017


Down East Magazine scoured 175 years worth of images to find the 10 Most Iconic Maine Photos of All Time. Acclaimed to obscure, joyful to haunting, they’re the shots that tell Maine’s story.

January 18, 2017

By Staff / Mount Desert Islander

The future of fisheries and the changing ocean in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere are explored in four short films to be screened at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

The free screening of the films, produced by The Island Institute, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Island Institute marine scientist Susie Arnold and University of Maine doctoral student Sam Belknap.

January 13, 2017

Media, Marine Programs

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Republican Congressman Rob Wittman of Virginia to protect the kind of waterfront access and infrastructure that many businesses—and thousands of jobs—depend on in Maine.

Commercial Currents: Saving time on taxes

Ahead of this year’s tax season, we sat down with Sam Davidson, CPA, at Davidson Associates, who has been working with lobstermen and other coastal businesses for over 30 years.

How to be an Island Fellow

Island Fellows live and work in Maine's island and remote coastal communities for one or two years. Each Fellow is placed with a community organization or municulapality, working on anything from after school programming to energy efficiency. 
We're looking for the next group of Island Fellows to start in fall 2017. Wondering what it's like? Here's what current and past Fellows have to say:

Step 1. Integrate into the Community:

Catching Fish and Growing Kelp: Learning outside the classroom

When we talk about ‘fishing’ on Vinalhaven, most people think of catching lobsters, but in Port Clyde, fishing means more than that. A group of Vinalhaven students who are part of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program (EMSP) recently spent a day at Herring Gut Learning Center finding out about other fisheries and their place in the ocean food web.

By Rob Snyder / Special to the BDN

On Jan. 18, the Maine Public Utilities Commission made a decision that raises critical questions about how rural communities across the state receive and pay for electricity.

In a 2-1 vote, the commission denied Emera Maine’s request to acquire the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative, a deal that would have provided more affordable electricity service to the Swan’s Island and Frenchboro communities.

February 2, 2017


7 Questions Island Students Have About High School

High school.  Think piles of homework, jammed lockers, running late into class because you got lost, super competitive athletics, and the ever-intimidating seniors strolling the halls.  While it’s certainly not all like this, these are some of the images that we associate with high school, thanks to movies and stories we may have seen and heard.  In reality, the transition from middle school to high school is a time of marked change, which can be scary and intimidating to navigate, but exciting at the same time.  High school brings new freedoms and responsibilities, as well

Sea Level Rise: Practical Tools and Community Implementation

What can coastal, estuarine, and tidal river communities do about sea level rise and storm surge in Maine? We hosted a forum with GrowSmart Maine to start discussing the answer.