Shellfish Focus Day 2020

Below are the presentations from Shellfish Focus Day 2020. If you would like to see videos from other years please click here.

Dr. Bridie McGreavy and Gabrielle Hillyer opened Shellfish Focus Day with a short talk on the development of the Maine Shellfish Learning Network (MSLN), its current work, and the new directions the organization will go in in the next year. This includes the development of a web resource for shellfish communities across Maine, as well as continued development of technical documents that should support localized research projects.
This panel, hosted by the MSLN, had speakers from across Maine discuss their extensive work along the coast. The speakers included Marissa McMahan from Georgetown, George Powell from Deer Isle Stonington, David Taylor from Thomaston, and Judy Colby-George from Yarmouth. Each speaker highlighted current projects going on in their town, progress that has been made, and where they expect to go from here.
Bill Zoellick, Sarah Hooper, and Mike Pinkham discussed the multiple ways the Schoodic Institute and the town of Gouldsboro have been working together to foster community awareness around the shellfish industry.
Julia Maine presented on Harmful Algal Blooms in Maine, this includes red tide and others that effect the shellfish industry (and many other fishing industries). She discussed trends, historical numbers, as well as what to expect in the next few months.
Lewis Pinkham discussed changes that were made to the structure of the Shellfish Advisory Council (ShAC). Briefly, this includes changing language around shellfish harvester presence, as well as the addition of a non-voting science seat. Lewis also highlights the need to more participation during the ShAC Meetings.
This talk, presented by Jordan Kramer, showed new technological advancements in Quahog clam and American Oyster polyculture. Videos clips included inside looks at processing oysters for sale as well as new ways of monitoring nursery bags.
Mike Thalhauser spoke about the Community Fisheries Action Roundtable, a program in Eastern Maine focused on getting harvester viewpoints about current localized and state management policies, and figure out new ways to support the industry.
Kohl Kanwit presented the update from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) about water quality issues and ways to resolve animal pollution sources in coastal communities.