Scott Sell: Maine filmmaker tells stories of fisheries roiled by climate change

This Tuesday in Portland, the Island Institute will screen “A Climate of Change,” four short films it produced about fisheries and the road ahead for Maine fisheries as our seas warm and rise. We called the filmmaker, Scott Sell, to talk about the project, which led him to the Gulf Coast of Florida as well as Alaska. While we were talking, we found out about that time he fell in love on Frenchboro.

Seaweed and Shellfish – Letter to the Editor

Susie Arnold, Marine scientist at Island Institute and Nichole Price, Senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences respond to a Bangor Daily News editorial to clarify an important point about the capacity of seaweed to capture and store carbon, which can reduce ocean acidity. 

Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters

“But kelp farmers are doing a brisk business and the nascent industry holds the promise of filling the economic holes left by these collapsing fisheries. At Ocean Approved’s four-acre sugar kelp farm off the coast of Falmouth, Arnold installs a specially-designed pH and CO2 sensor. ‘As these beautiful deep green fronds mature to 14 to 20 feet, we expect CO2 and pH levels to drop, essentially creating a micro-climate of ocean healing while producing a healthy and profitable crop,’ explains Arnold.

Island Fellow joins staff at arts center

“Waters is an Island Institute Island Fellow working over a 12-month period with the Eastport Arts Center (EAC) on a number of projects, including the upcoming holiday market and Festival of Trees. However, her primary project is working on a Makers Place proposal in collaboration with the Tides Institute & Museum of Art and the Peavy Memorial Library.”

Island Institute report cites need for broadband on year-round islands

The Island Institute released a report Wednesday outlining the lack of broadband Internet access on Maine islands, options for solutions and the economic benefits of improved service.
The goal of the report from the Rockland nonprofit was to provide the island communities with information to help them make decisions about pursuing or funding any expansion of services.

Here’s what Maine islands face in getting faster Internet

PORTLAND, Maine — As two Maine islands have charted a course for getting faster Internet, a study released Wednesday sets out the options for the other 14 to follow suit.
The Island Institute-funded study suggests Maine’s islands could benefit by collaborating on the buildout of their own high-speed data connections, if they decide to follow in the footsteps of Islesboro, which is developing plans to build its own fiber-optic network.

Report: Broadband on Maine’s Islands Substandard

PORTLAND, Maine — While broadband speed in Maine may be slow, broadband on Maine’s year-round islands is even slower, which is having a significant negative effect on their economies. That’s according to a new report released today by the Island Institute which indicates that almost all of Maine’s islands have substandard broadband service.
The report estimates that full access to broadband speeds on Maine islands would increase GDP in those communities by $90 million over ten years and lead to the creation of 170 coastal jobs by 2028.

Here’s the Thing: Andrew Berman and Rob Snyder on Preserving What Matters

Growth comes with costs. On this episode of Here’s The Thing, Alec Baldwin talks to two individuals who are protecting places that are most vulnerable to development and destruction. 
Andrew Berman has been called one of the most powerful people in New York real estate, but not because he’s a deep-pocketed developer. Berman is the Executive Director of The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, where he advocates for the protection and conservation of historically important buildings and sites, including cultural touchstones like the Stonewall Inn.

To Find Energy Solutions, Maine’s Small Islands Look to Peers in Other States

And at the Island Institute’s annual energy conference last week, participants also heard from their counterparts from as far away as Alaska, who are generating electricity using hydrokinetic river power.
“We’ve looked at some wind power, some solar thermal and have made the most progress with hydrokinetic power,” says AlexAnna Salmon, the council president of Igiugig, Alaska, a small, remote village accessible only by air.