SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension associate at College of the Atlantic, will discuss the Gulf of Maine and its future at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
The Gulf of Maine is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Mount Desert Island sits in the middle. This vast body of water spans from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, and is flanked by the legendary George’s and Brown’s banks. The Gulf of Maine is home to the world’s highest tides at the Bay of Fundy, record-breaking lobster catches here in Maine and critical feeding grounds for the endangered North American right whale.
With images and maps, this talk will introduce the coastlines and waterways of the Gulf of Maine and the people and animals that make their living in these waters. The ecology and economy of the region, including the complexities of managing marine resources that range across three states and two Canadian provinces, also will be examined. While facing unprecedented changes, most notably rising seawater temperatures and the effect this has on the ecosystem, the Gulf of Maine continues to be a dynamic environment where the relationship between people and nature is still very alive.
Springuel’s work at College of the Atlantic focuses on marine resources, working waterfronts and fisheries heritage. She is the coordinator of the Downeast Fisheries Trail and a founder of the National Working Waterfront Network, and has recently written articles on Mount Desert Island’s cod and working waterfront histories for “Chebacco,” the journal of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.
Springuel hosts the Maine Sea Grant-sponsored “Coastal Conversations” radio show on WERU 89.9 FM in Blue Hill. She has been a Master Maine Guide for sea kayaking and recreation since 1991, and her family runs The Natural History Center in Bar Harbor.
In 2002, Springuel lead a five-month educational sea kayaking expedition around the rim of the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia. Most recently, she has been in Alaska acting as naturalist on a “Prairie Home Companion” cruise, an activity that has taken her to seas around the world.
Call the library at 244-7065.