July 16, 2016
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Two tours are being offered on July 16: one at 2:30 pm and one at 3:30 pm. Each tour will be approximately 45 minutes long.
In efforts to adapt local shellfisheries to coastal ocean changes, the Town of Brunswick is experimenting in aquaculture permitting procedures that allow individual shellfishermen the ability to apply for a permit to exclusively farm certain areas along the coast.
As part of this new proposed approach the Town of Brunswick Marine Division along with members of the Marine Resources Committee and the community have implemented the Mere Point Aquaculture Education and Demonstration Project.* The project consist of deploying shellfish propagation and predation protection strategies that are used in similar habitats along other parts of the coast, in a very small area adjacent to the Merepoint Boat Launch.
On Saturday, July 16 Dan Devereaux, Brunswick Marine Resource Officer & Harbormaster will lead a tour of the innovative municipal aquaculture demonstration beds, and talk about how he hopes these beds will support the local shellfishing heritage intact and our local shellfishing communities vibrant.
Meet at the Mere Point Boat Launch.
Wear boots for walking in the mud-flats and appropriate clothing to be out in the weather conditions.
*Some interesting information and press about the how and why of the Mere Point Aquaculture Education and Demonstration Project can be viewed at:
This event is part of our ongoing series, A Local Look at Our Changing Climate, in collaboration with the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). This series explores the local impacts of a changing climate, as well as local solutions and adaptations as seen by your neighbors and in your own back yard.