July 7, 2016

Baptism by Bilge Pump

Joanne’s Angels had been plagued with a never ending slew of mishaps which forced Zach Lunt to pull his boat out for almost three months. Those three months without a boat in the water meant no income for him and his stern man while having to wrestle with a heap of unplanned expenses. This is a part of being a captain of a lobster boat that many don’t think about; I certainly didn’t until I saw the process unfold in front of me.
Zain Padamsee
July 6, 2016

Coastal teachers gathered and learned: ‘Place-based education’ is more than jargon

We want experiential and place-based education in our island and coastal schools! That was the common denominator among the 24 teachers, administrators and community partners who gathered in Bar Harbor in June.
Yvonne Thomas
July 1, 2016

Commercial Currents: Finding the Right Financing

On Swan's Island, Brian and Kathy Krafjack got the right financing to expand their island store and begin grocery delivery to Frenchboro.
Stephenie MacLagan
Dave Thomas looks at a map we created with data from the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. He explained that lobster are now found on bottom types that used to be unproductive.
June 16, 2016

Getting lobster a seat at the table

The lobster: one of the most iconic creatures in Maine. Mainers and tourists alike enjoy this tasty crustacean, but many are unaware of the changing conditions and pressures that face lobstermen out on the water every day. With new ocean development, increased shipping and recreational traffic, and changing ecosystems, there are many things lobstermen have to consider nowadays. 
Rebecca Clark Uchenna
The Islesboro Energy Team visited Camden Hills Regional High School this spring to learn about energy initiatives in other schools.
June 16, 2016

Students light the way for Islesboro School LED retrofit

A student-led group at Islesboro Central School (ICS) is working to implement an inspiring energy project. In partnership with the Islesboro Energy Team (IET) and supported by a grant from the Island Institute’s Community Energy Action Team (CEAT) program, the students have been investigating the school’s electricity use since March 2016. As you can see in Finn’s quote above, they are motivated by concerns over the climate, a desire to find improved solutions for their school, and to reduce waste. The students calculated that the school spends an average of $3,425 each year on lighting alone.
Harry Podolsky
John Williamson
May 13, 2016

Maine's congresspeople get first look at New England's upcoming ocean plan

I joined other ocean stakeholders from New England, and travelled to Washington D.C. this week. We were there to meet with congressional delegation about the upcoming release of the Nation’s first regional ocean plan under the National Ocean Policy. The National Ocean Policy, established by Presidential Executive Order in 2010, called for the formation of nine regional planning bodies to better manage our oceans and coasts. Ocean planning is a way to make better, more efficient decisions about different ocean uses such as fishing, offshore energy and recreation as well as accounting for environmental changes and the health of the ocean and its creatures.
Rebecca Clark Uchenna
Peter Stocks
May 9, 2016

Commercial Currents: Expand into Aquaculture with Business-to-Business Connections

This blog series is a resource for island and coastal small businesses. To find other buoyant stories, go to the blog home page and select “economic development” from the drop down menu to filter blog posts by this topic, or go to islandinstitute.org/blog/economic
Stephenie MacLagan
April 21, 2016

Ramblers Way Farm partners with the Island Institute to grow Earth Day volunteer hours

We’re excited to share with you a partner initiative with Ramblers Way Farm. The pioneering clothing company’s employees will contribute 5% of their paid work hours volunteering for the Island Institute. This new partnership supports the company’s good-natured ethos, and bolsters efforts of the Island Institute toward Maine’s island and remote coastal communities. As natives to Maine, the Chappell Family Founders of Ramblers Way Farm have long been committed to supporting the Island Institute.
Maren Granstrom
A part of Mansosoi and Kate's immediate family gathered to celebrate Christmas
April 20, 2016

Maine to Mota Lava

I wasn't there for more than two days when I realized that I had picked up conversations with islanders on Mota Lava in almost the same places I had left them with islanders in Maine. I hadn't left work behind, I'd just added palm trees.
Kate Tagai
Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze with presenters Jared Cowan and Orlando Johnson
April 7, 2016

Artists and Makers get a business boost

The Archipelago Artists and Makers Conference was reimagined this year to grow beyond an invitation-only event, and it expanded well beyond our expectations to include over 130 artiststhat attended from all four corners of the state - Kennebunk to Houlton and Bethel to Machiasport. Maine has always been an inspiration for artists: jewelers, painters, candle makers, fiber artists and sculptors abound.
Maren Granstrom