Three experts discussed the impact of aquaculture on the Maine economy and the environment. Just how much seafood in our grocery stores and restaurants comes from aquaculture?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Matthew Moretti, Wild Ocean Aquaculture, LLC, Growers of Bangs Island Mussels

Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association and

Dana Morse, Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant


  Colby College in Waterville recently hosted a talk by Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore, author of Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.

Captain Charles Moore was returning from HAwaii when he noticed scraps of trash floating by every time he came on deck. This caused him to become a scientist-activist and to write his book "Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.”

  The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Council of Maine sponsored a public forum in Portland. The focus of the discussion was the proposal to pump tar sand oil from Canada to South Portland, where it would be delivered to tankers to ship to the Gulf Coast.

  A thousand square miles of river habitat will open up when the Veazie and Great Works dams on the Penobscot River come down. With the construction of a fish bypass on a third dam, 11 species of sea-run fish will be able to return to their historic spawning grounds. Dr. Steve Coghlan from the University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife Ecology discussed the impacts of dam removal and answer the question: Can we restore the Penobscot to its historic natural state?

  Philanthropist and avid sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. discussed his efforts to protect and preserve the world's oceans and the "One Island, One Ocean" project. Rockefeller completed the first circumnavigation by sail of the Americas to raise awareness about the state of our oceans.

Noted philanthropist and sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. joined host Jonathan Smith for a talk about why he helped sponsor the project, his experience aboard the steel-hulled ship, and what he and the crew of scientists and educators learned about the health of our oceans.

  Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, discussed the Maine Woods Campaign and the climate change work being undertaken by the national Sierra Club. Before helming the Sierra Club, Brune worked at Greenpeace, followed by a stint at the Rainforest Action Network.

Michael Brune spoke at the Annual Dinner for the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.

This talk was recorded November 4, 2011 at Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

  Bates College hosted a Civic Forum Series with four of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, Peter Murray of Progressive Leadership; Bethany Robertson of the I Do Foundation; and Elizabeth Stefanski of Business Innovation Factory. The discussion centered around innovative solutions to society's most pressing social and environmental problems.

More on the social entrepreneurs on the panel:

  Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College and former President, World Resources Institute delivered the 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the University of Maine School of Law. Lash's talk is titled “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species” and it draws upon Lash's experience as a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies.

  World Wildlife Fund Chief Scientist and Vice President Eric Dinerstein discusses what he sees as the single greatest challenge for conservation worldwide: stopping the loss of habitat around the world.

This talk was recorded September 27, 2011 at Colby College in Waterville.

Read Eric Dinerstein's biography on the WWF website

  Senator George Mitchell's delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, where he discussed the environmental issues confronting the planet and all its inhabitants.

In a long and distinguished career of public service, Senator Mitchell represented Maine in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law.

  World-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Dale Jamieson is director of the Environmental Studies Program at New York University, where he is also professor of environmental studies and philosophy. Jamieson focuses on geoengineering as an approach for alleviating climate warming.

  Former Maine 1st District Congressman Tom Allen addresses the need for a national ocean policy in a talk recorded at Bates College in Lewiston. Allen is co-founder of the U. S. House Oceans Caucus where he served from 1996 until 2008.

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Libby Mitchell (D), Shawn Moody (I) and Kevin Scott (I) debated current energy and environmental policy issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on October 21.

The debate was sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation and more than a dozen other environmental organizations.

The debate is moderated by MPBN deputy news director, Susan Sharon.

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Paul LePage (R), Libby Mitchell (D), and Shawn Moody (I) debated current energy and environmental policy and business development issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on September 23.

The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, or E2Tech, is an organization representing more than 300 companies and non-profit organizations with 4,000 employees in Maine.