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Collecting Data to Help Protect the Health of Casco Bay

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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

Mike deploys our Portland Harbor Continuous Monitoring Station

Continuous Monitoring Stations are Game Changer

June 3, 2021

More than 700 Friends have contributed $1.5 million to help maintain three stations for a decade. Casco Bay is invaluable to the economy and quality of life in Maine. Our coastal waters provide us with food, recreation, transportation, inspiration, and economic opportunities. But Casco Bay is changing and changing quickly.… Read more

Join us: new stations, a celebration, and data!

May 20, 2021

As spring settles on Casco Bay, ospreys return to their nests, and alewives leave the sea and swim upriver to spawn in freshwater. The arrival of spring has always brought seasonal shifts to Casco Bay, but today climate change and human influences are impacting our coastal waters at a scale… Read more

Good news for Casco Bay!

April 16, 2021

We have great news to share: we reached the $1.5 million goal for our Climate Change and Casco Bay Fund for Technology, Monitoring, and Community Engagement! We launched the Fund to be used over the next decade to establish and maintain three oceanographic Continuous Monitoring Stations to collect data on… Read more

Celebrating Data From Our New Continuous Monitoring Stations — A Casco Bay Matters Event

April 15, 2021

We are hosting an online event to share data from all three of our Continuous Monitoring Stations and to celebrate the ways the Climate Change and Casco Bay Fund will enhance our efforts to improve and protect the health of the Bay for years to come. On Wednesday, June 16,… 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