Two Years of Maine’s Climate Action Plan
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
1M ago
This month marked the second anniversary of Maine Won’t Wait, the Maine Climate Council’s 4-year climate action plan. Partners from across the state are working hard to put the plan into action. Together we are making progress on reducing emissions, advancing clean energy, and protecting Maine’s infrastructure and environment from the impacts of climate change. We want to acknowledge the substantial progress made in the past year and share projects we’ve been working on, here at the Island Institute, to realize the plan’s recommendations in Maine’s island and coastal communities. Tracking the ..read more
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Area Towns Selected for Climate Program
Island Institute
by Renny Sabina
2M ago
GOULDSBORO — The Island Institute will be working with Gouldsboro, Swan’s Island and Cranberry Isles to oversee implementation of the state’s Community Resilience Partnership (CRP). The CRP, a program of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, is designed for communities who are considering energy transitions and wish to become more resilient to extreme weather, flooding and rising sea levels. “These three communities have unique challenges, and we’re excited to assist them as they move through the community process of developing and enacting energy transitions and climat ..read more
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Too Broad, Too Rapid, Too Uncertain
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
3M ago
If you’ve turned on the radio or watched the news lately, you may have heard about the proposed regulatory changes to the lobster fishery here in Maine. A recent federal court ruling has directed the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)—one entity responsible for regulating the lobster fishery—to do a better job of protecting right whales in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Right whales are a highly endangered species that sometimes transit the waters off the coast of Maine. This decision will fast-track a 10-year plan to achieve a 90% risk reduction for right whales, many years ..read more
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Sharing Climate Forward Innovations
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
4M ago
With hurricane season hitting our southern neighbors earlier than usual, the impacts of climate change were top-of-mind entering the Island Institute’s Climate Symposium on Friday, September 16th. Over 140 mostly Mainers gathered in Portland to share solutions, ideas, and methods for businesses and communities to adopt or trial in this changing climate. The Shift and Share format allowed for an extended dialogue between presenters and attendees. In a non-conventional conference style, presenters were stationed around the space with only 15 minutes to present to each group traveling clockwise a ..read more
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Lobster has a low carbon footprint compared with other proteins
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
4M ago
In spring 2021, we undertook a carbon footprint study with the Maine-based seafood company and partner of the Island Institute, Luke’s Lobster. As two organizations who care deeply about the long-term sustainability of Maine’s fisheries and responding to climate change, we set out to do this work with the consulting firm Council Fire. This is the first time a study has measured the greenhouse gas emissions along one company’s supply chain of Gulf of Maine lobster. This type of assessment not only advances a leader in the sustainable seafood industry closer to their net zero goals but also bene ..read more
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Island Institute Responds to Monterey Bay Aquarium
Island Institute
by Jack Sullivan
5M ago
Island Institute does not support the recent decision by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to “Red List” the US lobster fishery. They are wrong about our fishery, and we encourage everyone to keep eating sustainable Maine lobster. This seafood supports Maine’s island and coastal communities and is intertwined with the social and economic future for much of the coast.  It is unacceptable to be responsible for the death of even a single endangered species. In the last 18 years, there has not been a single right whale entanglement due to Maine fishing gear, and this is no accident. Maine ..read more
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Working Waterfront Innovators Gather at National Working Waterfront Network’s Conference
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
6M ago
The 6th biannual National Working Waterfront Network’s Conference kicked off in Boston this past week! As one of the event sponsors, the Island Institute was proud to attend and represent Maine and our work in this sector. This year’s theme, traditions and transitions explored the culture and history of the working waterfront as well as its future—as community and industry leaders find new and innovative ways to preserve and protect our working coasts. The conference’s three-day schedule was packed with engaging presentations about initiatives and projects bolstering working waterfronts across ..read more
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Energy Upgrade
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
6M ago
The cost and reliability of energy is a real concern for communities across the country. With skyrocketing gas and oil prices and increasing disruptions from severe weather events as a result of climate change, the need for reliable, affordable, clean, and locally relevant energy is critical and growing. Through our work in Maine’s coastal and island communities, we have seen how this problem impacts island and remote in particular. Here, the cost of energy is typically higher than the national average. Having a reliable energy system is especially important for places that are geographically ..read more
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Island “Kelpventures”
Island Institute
by Jack Sullivan
7M ago
Gaby and her crew harvest aboard the F/V Jett Set Kelp season seems to come all at once on the coast of Maine. In part due to the nature of the organism and its habitat, and in part due to the needs of kelp harvesters and processors, you can count on most farms being harvested within a couple of weeks in May and June. This is how I found myself on two kelp farms on two separate islands in a matter of three days. With the mission of documentation and storytelling, I lugged my camera gear from Penobscot Bay to the Downeast coast. In doing so, I was able to appreciate the role that aquaculture pl ..read more
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World Oceans Day 2022
Island Institute
by Amy Rawn
8M ago
On this World Oceans Day, we’re embracing the theme of Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. Along with our friends at Luke’s Lobster, we are spotlighting organizations—both ones we admire and ones we’ve partnered with—that are taking action for the ocean. Join us in celebrating our seas and shedding light on organizations working to study, protect, and revitalize our marine environments, coastal communities, and working waterfronts! Downeast Institute In 2021, Luke’s Lobster partnered with Downeast Institute (DEI) to assist in their mission to examine soft-shell clam ..read more
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