Title

Penobscot Bay: Churning Waters, Changing Tide

Authors

Tom Groening

Source

Island Journal

Date

2021

Pages

18-25

Abstract

An in-depth look at the Penobscot Bay and how it has changed over the years. Its historical biological abundance -- herring, redfish, hake, cod, haddock -- declined to the point where now 92% of the catch is lobster. Technology allowed fishermen to increase their hauls, thus depleting the fish populations. Other changes around the bay include patterns of land use, with affordable housing fast disappearing and the western side of the bay becoming almost suburban. Another challenge on the horizon -- floating wind turbines -- will also likely cause a shift in marine industries.

Subjects

Penobscot Bay (Me.)

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