By Staff / Mainebiz 

The Island Institute has published its first deep-dive comparison of the economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine's coastal and island communities with the rest of the state and nation.

The first edition of "Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands" is intended to be a resource for local community members, state and federal representatives, agency staff and research partners whose work relates to and impacts coastal communities.

By Staff / Mainebiz

The John T. Gorman Foundation is helping to back a new program from the Island Institute to fund coastal and island businesses.

The Island and Coast Business Launchpad program, which was announced in the Working Waterfront publication on March 8, aims to help entrepreneurs in "geographically isolated communities." The program will include an "innovation fund," to provide flexible and community-focused loans, as well as business support, microgrants, digital and financial literacy classes and an aquaculture business-development program.

ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute released today the first edition of Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine’s Coast and Islands. The publication presents economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine’s coastal and island communities as they compare to the rest of the state and the nation. It provides a resource for local community members, state and federal representatives, agency staff, and research partners whose work relates to and impacts coastal communities. 

Highlights of the findings include the following: 

By Mary Pols / Portland Press Herald

Former Island Scholar and Island Institute intern, Julia Maine, was recently interviewed about the allure of aquaculture and the opportunities it offers.

The Chebeague Island native and science educator wants to show community members the bounty that can come from sea farms and is the driving force (along with her mom, geologist Carol White) behind the first Chebeague Island Aquaculture Festival, slated for this summer.

By Colin Woodard / Portland Press Herald

A Trump administration proposal to slash funding for the federal government’s principal marine agency and eliminate the national Sea Grant program is prompting alarm in Maine’s marine sector.

March 7, 2017


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

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.

February 16, 2017

Economic Development, Marine

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.