A panel on the museum lawn features a map showing the location of 160 weirs along the Maine coast in 1870; there were 35 of these fish traps in Searsport and neighboring Stockton Springs alone. Not a single weir remains.
Invasive green crabs responsible for decimating Maine's soft-shell clam industry are being investigated for possible culinary purposes. Art conservator Jonathan Taggart, marine biologist Marissa McMahan, and Georgetown lobsterman Chris Jamison traveled to Venice last year to learn the secrets of harvesting green crabs for gourmet dishes.
Millions of barrels of oil flow through the pipeline that runs from South Portland to refineries in Montreal. While this is less oil than in the past (because of the supply coming from the Alberta tar sands), it is still enough to pose a threat to marine life.