Sea smoke over Friendship Harbor on Feb. 4 during that day’s double-digit below zero temperatures. PHOTO: JACK SULLIVAN
May 16, 2023

New Law Expands Opportunities to Protect Maine’s Working Waterfront

Maine’s Land Trusts Now Eligible to Hold Working Waterfront Protection Covenants
MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Knox, Senior Marketing Officer, Island Institute 207-242-5578; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Augusta, ME – A bill sponsored by Representative Morgan Rielly of Westbrook (LD574: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Working Waterfront Covenants) has been signed into law—greatly expanding opportunities for protecting Maine’s remaining working waterfronts. “Maine’s fishing industry accounts for nearly $1 billion in annual revenues, and it’s an industry under pressure from many sides,” said Representative Rielly. “Saving Maine’s working waterfront properties from conversion to non-commercial uses is one way to protect our fishing…
April 10, 2023

Island Institute Welcomes Kimberly Hamilton as Next President

MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Knox, Senior Marketing Officer, Island Institute 207-242-5578; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ROCKLAND, ME (April 10, 2023) Island Institute is pleased to announce that Kimberly Hamilton, Ph.D. has…
September 15, 2022


Encouraging Data Informs Further Carbon Reduction Plans for Maine’s Fisheries
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sam Belknap, Senior Community Development Officer, Island Institute (207) 992-7726; Ben Conniff, Chief Innovation Officer, Luke’s Lobster (860) 391-4123;   PORTLAND, ME – The Island Institute,…
August 16, 2021

Archipelago celebrates summer in Maine with new gallery show, “Currents and Channels”

ROCKLAND — Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” currently on display through September 25th. “Currents and Channels” looks at…
July 14, 2021

Island Institute hosts evening of climate-focused films in Rockport July 28

ROCKPORT – The Island Institute, a community development nonprofit based in Rockland, will host a special, climate-focused film event at the Shotwell Drive-in, 40 West Street in Rockport, on Wednesday, July 28th…
February 17, 2021

Island Institute President Rob Snyder announces departure

ROCKLAND, ME – After 18 years of dedication to furthering the organization’s mission and values, with eight of those as president, Island Institute President Rob Snyder has announced that he will be…
Islesford solar array
November 17, 2020

Island Institute joins DOE-led effort to bridge gaps in island energy resilience

Partner network will work with remote and islanded communities to reduce vulnerabilities
ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is one of five organizations in the country recently awarded a contract for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), a new partnership sponsored by…
September 30, 2020

Island Institute and Luke’s Lobster partner to energize Maine’s marine economy

Innovative collaboration will help build resilient seafood supply chains and provide opportunities for fishermen, aquaculturists, and the blue economy Effort expands markets and product offerings through Luke’s online platform and…
September 16, 2020

Island Institute promotes three staff members to leadership positions

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is pleased to announce the recent promotion of several program staff to leadership positions within the community development organization. Kendra Jo Grindle was recently promoted to the…
August 28, 2020

Island Institute awarded three-year contract to help develop roadmap for Maine's marine economy

ROCKLAND, ME – The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and FocusMaine recently awarded the Island Institute a three-year, $300,000 contract to serve as program director for SEAMaine, Maine’s Marine Economy Roadmap/Workforce Development Project,…