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New Law Expands Opportunities to Protect Maine’s Working Waterfront

Maine’s Land Trusts now Eligible to Hold Working Waterfront Protection Covenants By Rich Knox at the Island Institute A bill sponsored by Representative Morgan Rielly of Westbrook (LD 574: 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… Read more

Guide to Harpswell Waterfront Published

Guide to Harpswell Waterfront Published

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
January 10, 2023

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor. A new guide to the Harpswell waterfront aims to educate both current residents and newcomers about the community they share. “Scuttlebutt: How to Live & Work in a Waterfront Community” is a collaborative effort among the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Cundy’s Harbor Library, Harpswell Anchor, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust… Read more

Living and Working in a Waterfront Community: A Conversation Series

Several local organizations collaborate to educate Harpswell residents about the working waterfront and open up lines of communication between fishermen and their non-fishermen neighbors. Outcomes of this fruitful collaboration include panel discussions, written articles published in the Harpswell Anchor, and a new guide about living and working near the ocean. Recordings of the panel discussions… Read more

On the Water this Spring

I write this in mid-April, a time when the bays and harbors are coming alive once more. For those of you new to the area, Harpswell reaches into Casco Bay with its 216 miles of shoreline, creating harbors and coves from Harpswell Neck to Cundy’s Harbor. We have commercial wharves scattered along our shorefront. In… Read more

Intertidal: Seasonal shifts come to the coast

Originally published in the Press Herald Last weekend spring officially arrived. While it doesn’t often feel like spring when the calendar officially says it begins, this year was an exception. Not only did the sun cross the celestial equator, dividing the sky from south to north on the vernal equinox, but it was actually warm… Read more

From grandfather to granddaughter, a fishing tradition continues in Harpswell

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor “My great-great-grandfather’s boat blew into Cundy’s Harbor in a storm and he decided to stay.” That’s Rob Watson describing how his family ended up there back in the 1850s. The Watsons have run the general store in Cundy’s Harbor since Rob’s grandfather, who worked in the saltfish business, founded… Read more