From the Penobscot Bay Pilot
Published October 3, 2014
Students from six coastal and island high schools (Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Narraguagus and Mount Desert Island) gathered on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay to kick-off the second year of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program and their collaborative, year-long project addressing the question, “How can the impact of the green crab population be controlled in a way that conserves the marine ecosystem and encourages new industry?”
The day and a half program was organized and hosted by the Hurricane Island Foundation with additional staff support from Penobscot East Resource Center and the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The event introduced students to the green crab issue in Maine and was jam packed with hands-on activities from learning about field sampling techniques to developing a marketable product made from green crabs to discussing elements underlying effective group work and communication.
“This event provides the students with an opportunity to connect in-person, fostering a generation of fishermen who know how to collaborate and communicate with each other despite being from different homeports,” said Alice Anderson, Hurricane Island Science Educator, in a news release.
Before beginning field work students worked with Alice Anderson, Noah Oppenheim, a graduate student at the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences, Carla Guenther, Lead Scientist at Penobscot East Resource Center and Les White from the Maine Department of Marine Resources to identify different sampling techniques that could be used in assessing green crab abundance in the intertidal zone.