The distance between the Stone Wharf on Chebeague Island and the Cousins Island landing is just 1.7 miles. But over the 30 years that the Islander ferry has been making the daily runs, she has logged enough miles to take her to the moon and halfway home. On Monday, April 6, the Chebeague Transportation Company (CTC) will celebrate the 30th birthday of the Islander with free passenger rides and an all-day onboard party.
If you ask a lobsterman if he works from a business plan, the response might be something like, "I'm trying to get through next week," or "I take it year by year." Some will say that they used to have one, but they stopped when the timing of the shed became so unpredictable.
Uncertainty created by climate change would seem to reinforce short-term thinking.
The fastest-growing county in Maine between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Cumberland, whose population rose 0.67 percent over the period. Cumberland was followed by York (0.62 percent), Knox (0.22 percent), Waldo (0.19 percent) and Kennebec (0.04 percent).
In 1987, long before “public/private ventures” became fashionable, L.L.Bean issued a small grant to create a Maine Island Trail Association, in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation and the Island Institute. With this, the grassroots Maine Island Trail Association (often known as “MITA”) and the Maine Island Trail were born.
The strategy for ongoing tourism marketing for the state was unveiled at the annual Governor's Tourism Conference on March 18. The idea, explained tourism office director Carolann Ouellette, is to target groups that are likely to come to Maine, and—just as important—groups that will spend the most money while they are here.
With the shift in activity in the Gulf of Maine from groundfish gear to traps, some of the impact from human activity on cod is coming from a different group of fishermen. Traps do catch cod. Is it significant? There isn't a lot of data to suggest it is.