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Natalie Springuel- Supporting Working Waterfront Communities

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  • 1. Supporting WorkingWaterfront CommunitiesGrowSmart Maine Summit 2012 Natalie Springuel Maine Sea Grant College Program College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-288-2944x5834 nspringuel@coa.edu
  • 2. Projections from ME State Planning OfficeMaine’s coast is in transition… …By 2050, the majority of Maine’s coast will be classifiable as suburban/urban
  • 3. Modern homes, second homes… Maps Developed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust as part of their 2012/3 Strategic Planning effort
  • 4. Result: Declining Working Waterfront Access• Only about half of the 1,555saltwater access points supportcommercial fishingactivities/marine trades, withlimitations.• 66% are privately owned andare vulnerable to conversion.• Of Maine’s 5,300 milecoast, only 20 miles support WW. Mapping Maine’s Working Waterfronts, map by Island Institute
  • 5. “This is not a promotional brochure.”Project GOALS•Describe the characteristics ofworking waterfront communitiesthat residents value and want toprotect.•Inform “newcomers” about whatto expect and what to not try tochange.•Celebrate working waterfrontsfor what they really are: workingcommunities reliant on the sea.
  • 6. Reactions to thebrochures have been overwhelmingly positive.
  • 7. Want to get involved? • Working waterfront brochures: nspringuel@coa.edu • Tools and information about Maine working waterfronts and coastal access: www.AccessingTheMaineCoast.com • Funds to protect Maine working waterfront lands: www.wwapp.org/ • Maine Working Waterfront Coalition: www.ceimaine.org/Fisheries • National Working Waterfront Network: www.wateraccessus.com/ • Third National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium (March 2013, Tacoma Washington): www.workingwaterfronts2013.orgMoosabec and Harpswell Project Partners: The Towns of Beals, Jonesport, Harpswell, and… Maine Working Waterfront Coalition