Marine policy internships for COA students and alumns
NEST internship 2013-2016. I have funding for one student each year for ten weeks to do work on the New England Science Sustainability Consortium. This work typically involves some combination of work on mudflats, clams, pH, and green crabs. Starting in 2015, it may also involve stream ecology of Cromwell Brook. See me for more details.
I have had two grants that gave students the opportunity to work with downeast Maine fishing communities, fishermen, and non-profits.
The first was through the Penobscot East Resource Center. This work was supported from a grant from the Long Cove Foundation. Student internships included:
Alice Anderson – worked at the Lobster hatchery under the supervision of Ted Ames. Many of these lobsters were released into the field as part of a juvenile movement and survivorship study. Alice came back for a second summer working with the scallop fishery with Dr. Carla Guenther. Alice is currently a staff member at Hurricane Island.
Kipp Quinby – did a variety of work at PERC, but mostly worked on the Community Fisheries Action Roundtable (C-FAR), a fishermen’s leadership training program which takes place in three two-day sessions each winter backed up by year-round mentoring skill-building and training support, provided by our Community Coordinator.
Evie Smith – has worked for over the past two years at PERC, focusing on Community Supported Fisheries (CSF), a program where consumers pre-purchase a portion of a fishing harvest fresh off the boat. Evie has led the shrimp CSF for the last two winters, and helped organize the groundfish CSF that was piloted in 2010. This work is the basis for Evie’s senior project. As of the fall of 2014, Evie was working for the Coastal School for Girls in Southern Maine.
Rachel Guttmacher – worked for PERC last summer as a volunteer in the office, and helped support a variety of projects, including the Downeast Fisheries Initiative.
The second grant was to do work on historical and current social and economic capacity of downeast Maine fishing communities to take part in the new federal management scheme for groundfishing: catch shares. This work is funded by a NOAA/Saltonsall grant. This work involved me and Ken Cline with Dr. Teresa Johnson of UMO as the pricipal investigator.
Two students, Marina Garland and Kate Ross, worked over the summer of 2011 to create a set of rapid social assessments of towns along the coast of downeast Maine. This work looked at both the historical capacity of coastal Maine communities to participate in the New England groundfish fishery and current capacity in these communities.