Stakeholders Ponder the Future of Upper Frenchman Bay



BAR HARBOR — On March 30, nearly 40 people with a stake in the future of upper Frenchman Bay attended a meeting at the MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL).

 

Geoff Smith of The Nature Conservancy shares information about marine conservation agreements at the Upper Frenchman Bay stakeholders meeting convened at MDI Biological Laboratory on March 30.
Geoff Smith of The Nature Conservancy shares information about marine conservation agreements at the Upper Frenchman Bay stakeholders meeting convened at MDI Biological Laboratory on March 30.

The purpose of the meeting was to gather information about marine resources, learn about conservation action planning and marine conservation agreements and identify areas in upper Frenchman Bay for further research or conservation actions.

Jane Disney, director of MDIBL’s Community Environmental Health Laboratory, convened the meeting.

Representatives from 16 organizations, including Acadia National Park, the Maine Mussel Harvesters Association, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Lamoine Conservation Commission, as well as commercial fishermen, shorefront property owners and town officials, attended the meeting.

They discussed the current status of the upper bay in order to begin a process that will hopefully sustain marine resources and conserve marine habitat for future generations.

As resources and areas of concern were identified, GIS mapping expert Hope Rowan added them to a projected map that helped guide discussions throughout the day.

Geoff Smith of The Nature Conservancy in Maine explained the conservation action planning process developed by the conservancy. Conservation action planning is an integrated process for planning, implementing and measuring conservation success.

Two working groups emerged from the meeting. One will assess the need for a conservation action plan in Frenchman Bay. The other will guide eelgrass restoration and research in the Hadley Point area and possibly begin eelgrass conservation efforts off the Lamoine coast.

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