January 2014    Volume 3, Issue 1
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Frenchman Bay Partners
In This Issue:

Annual Meeting Speakers

Market Based Approaches to Conservation 

Committee Updates

Partner Profile
Diadromous Fish
Subtidal and Benthic Habitats
Quick Links

FBP Website

Annual Meeting

Maren Auditorium, MDI Bio Lab

Feb. 1, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 8)


Join the Frenchman Bay Partners at their second annual meeting. This year's meeting will focus on the benthic habitats of the bay. Come for as long as you can: for the morning speakers and presentations, the potluck lunch, the afternoon breakout groups or for the whole thing! See the full agenda at the Frenchman Bay Partners website.  RSVP by emailing Duncan Bailey

Dr. Joseph T. Kelley, UMaine: "Sea-level rise and its past impacts on Frenchman Bay" 
The ocean covered all of Frenchman Bay and surrounding lands up to 75 m above the present shoreline at the end of the Ice Age. Following that, the ocean dropped rapidly, and exposed much of the Bay, leaving lakes in some of the deeper areas. Dr. Kelley will discuss the impacts of sea-level rise since 12,500 years ago,which formed beaches and estuaries, transformed lakes into bays, and built the familiar coastline of Frenchman Bay.

Dr. Charles Wray, MDIBL: "Historical Benthic Ecology of Frenchman Bay" 
During the summer of 2013, collaborators from MDI Biological Laboratory and Southern Maine Community College began a benthic survey of numerous sites in Frenchman Bay. The survey was undertaken to compare current benthic species diversity with historical records collected during the first half of the 20th century.

Eddie Monat, Scuba Diver: "Underwater Observations of Frenchman Bay: Then and Now" 
Eddie "Diver Ed" Monat will share video clips of his time underwater in Frenchman Bay and talk about observations of a changing ocean bottom. 

Phil Kinter, Lobsterman: "Lobstering on Frenchman Bay"
Phil will provide highlights of the 2013 lobstering season and share his observations of upper Frenchman Bay and his concerns for the future of the lobster industry in Maine. 

Market-Based Approaches 

Tundi Agardy, executive director of Sound Seas, led a workshop for Frenchman Bay Partners and other community members on market-based approaches (MBA) to conservation on Oct. 2, 2013. Frenchman Bay Partners formed an ad-hoc committee, the MBA Task Force, to follow up on ideas brought forth during the workshop.  That committee has generated a matrix of ecosystem services provided by Frenchman Bay and those who benefit from those services. Read more.

Committee Updates 

Eelgrass Committee
The MDI Bio Lab received an Army Corps Habitat Restoration Grant to do eelgrass restoration in Goose Cove, Jordan River, Berry Cove, and around Thomas Island in the summer of 2014. Wendy Norden of UMaine will be consulting on the restoration project, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will assist with logistics by providing a boat for transportation. The team will continue to monitor green crab density and work on eradication. Dr. George Kidder of MDIBL is also working on securing funding for a sonar system for detecting the location of eelgrass. A National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant application is being prepared in collaboration with Hilary Neckles from USGS and Kristin Wilson from Wells Estuarine Research Center, to study eelgrass loss and its implications. Read more.

Mudflat Committee
The mudflat committee is working with the Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee and the Hancock County Planning Commission on the 610 Project to build capacity towards the goal of opening closed clam flats in Frenchman Bay. This project received its initial funding from the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program. Since then project liaison Paul Davis and Hannah Annis of the Department of Marine Resources have conducted an informal assessment of the clam resources in the closed mudflat in Trenton. They are continuing their scoping and outreach to key municipal officials related to this closure. Future plans include conducting an integrated watershed and shoreline survey of the area around Eagle Point in Martin and Weir coves, production of maps showing access points for clam harvesters and planning maps that would track progress towards opening clamflats, offering computer training to clammers, and pursuing funding for a septic replacement fund. Read more.

Partner Profile

Frenchman Bay Conservancy logoFrenchman Bay Conservancy is a nationally accredited land trust in Hancock focusing on the Frenchman Bay and Union River watersheds.

FBC works to conserve habitats that are critical to the survival of wildlife requiring large forested areas with clean water, provides public access to its preserves for low-impact recreation, and helps to protect local jobs by preserving working forests, clean waters and the scenic vistas that bring tourists to the region.

The Frenchman Bay Conservancy has been an asset to the Frenchman Bay Partners, providing space at their Tidal Falls preserve for focus sessions with local groups and participating in stakeholder meetings. Frenchman Bay Partner president, Jane Disney, and Frenchman Bay Conservancy executive director, Tom Sidar, will be giving a joint presentation to the Acadia Senior College titled "Working Together to Save a Bay" on March 7. 

Tom Sidar was previously a senior vice president at the National Wildlife Federation, headquartered in Reston, Virginia.  Before that, he was a senior vice president at L.L. Bean in Freeport, where he worked for almost 30 years. He and his wife, Ellen, and their family reside in Hancock and Belgrade Lakes.
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