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Third graders raise and release Atlantic Salmon

Every year third graders at Harpswell Community School raise Atlantic Salmon from eggs to fry in a tank in their classroom. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust educator Julia McLeod presents a series of lessons about life cycles, biodiversity, adaptations, clean water and migration. The students release the salmon in the Little River in Lisbon in May…. Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Shrimp

Seafood in the Spotlight: Shrimp

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
December 5, 2017

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association On November 28, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to extend the moratorium on Northern Shrimp for a fifth year in a continued attempt to allow the stock to rebuild. After receiving a scientific update that showed declines in the health… Read more

Nature Notes: Winter Moth

If you enjoy this article, you’re sure to love Ed Robinson’s 2018 book, Nature Notes from Maine, which includes many of the wildlife stories on this website, new stories and stunning photographs and ink drawings. Click here for details. By Ed Robinson November finds us enjoying the last of the foliage season, but it can be a… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight:  Scallops

Seafood in the Spotlight: Scallops

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
February 6, 2017

By Togue Brawn Maine’s scallop season has experienced record prices this year.  But are the scallops caught off our shore really any different than those from other areas?  You bet they are, and here’s why. Roughly 95 percent of US sea scallops come from the Federal fishery, where large boats generally fish offshore for six… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Bluefin Tuna

Seafood in the Spotlight: Bluefin Tuna

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
October 31, 2016

By Monique Coombs, Marine Resources Coordinator for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation The Bluefin tuna fishery has long been a part of Harpswell’s heritage.  The Casco Bay Tuna Club’s Bailey Island Fishing Tournament began in 1938.  At almost 80 years old, it is the longest running fishing tournament on the East Coast (the first Bluefin tuna… Read more

Seafood in the Spotlight: Halibut

Seafood in the Spotlight: Halibut

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
July 5, 2016

By Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation So, you want the freshest most local fish you can get, right?  Well right now, I highly recommend looking around for some halibut.  (Try Gurnet Trading in Brunswick or Cantrell’s Seafood in Topsham.)  Just a few years ago halibut quotas were very low, meaning that fishing… Read more

by Monique Coombs, Seafood Program Director for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation With so many kinds of wonderful and seasonal seafood available in Maine, sometimes it’s tough to know the best time to purchase specific products or know what’s available and when. My name is Monique Coombs and I am the Seafood Program Director for the… Read more