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Why does Casco Bay’s water look so clear?

June 4, 2021

Peering over the side of the R/V Joseph E. Payne, Staff Scientist Mike Doan could see schools of small fish swimming in the water below, while the red hood of a lion’s mane jellyfish floated by on the other side of our Baykeeper boat. What caught Mike’s eye, however, was… Read more

An annual spring awakening in the Bay

March 24, 2021

As winter comes to a close and the days get longer, an annual awakening occurs in Casco Bay. Populations of phytoplankton – microscopic algae that form the base of the ocean food web – rapidly reproduce as longer days leave more time to harness the sun’s energy for photosynthesis. The… Read more

Our top 10 moments of 2020

January 4, 2021

As this very odd year comes to a close, let’s celebrate the large and small ways our community helped us protect the health of Casco Bay in 2020. Here are our top ten for the year: 1.) On December 2, the Maine Climate Council released its four-year Climate Action Plan, “Maine Won’t Wait.” We… Read more

Good news for Maine and for Casco Bay

December 4, 2020

We have exciting news! Maine’s Climate Action Plan “Maine Won’t Wait” was released on Tuesday. The plan is a four-year road map for the state to follow as we work to address the causes and impacts of climate change. I serve on the Coastal and Marine Working Group of the… Read more

Casco Bay is heating up

August 6, 2020

Seem hotter than usual? Yes, indeed. Our Continuous Monitoring Station has been collecting hourly data on the health of the Bay for more than four years. Data from the station show that this summer has been the hottest one we have recorded since our “Cage of Science” has been in… Read more

Casco Bay Matters: Maine Climate Council, the online presentation 4/30/2020

May 1, 2020

We had a lively Casco Bay and the Maine Climate Council: A Casco Bay Matters Event last week! Here is a video of the event, for those of you who were not able to attend live or would like to relisten. The results of the poll taken during the event reflect which coastal and marine strategies participants… Read more