To the Editor: Frenchman Bay’s on life support 



To the Editor: 

On April 14, Acadia Senior College hosted a Zoom meeting with Ed Monat, aka Diver Ed. For 45 minutes, we watched a video of beautiful underwater sea creatures: starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, scallops, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, lobsters, sculpins, flounders, and on and on it went. There were over 50 people on the Zoom call. Diver Ed shot the video 50-100 feet underwater off Eastport. It was mesmerizing to see fish and sea creatures in their habitat, swimming and living well at the bottom of the ocean. I wish this video could be seen by everyone. 

The tragedy is that the ocean floor in Frenchman Bay no longer has much biodiversity. In the past 20 or so years, this world has disappeared. GONE, except for lobsters and crabs. They too will go without a sustainable food supply chain to keep them here. 

We cannot see this occurring tragedy – it is underwater. Diver Ed is our canary in the coal mine, as is Skip Dunton, retired lobster fisherman. Why is this happening? Neither Ed nor Skip could say, but they desperately want us to know.  

It is evident that warmer waters, dredging, under-regulated fishing practices, cruise ships and their incessant vibrations and overfishing have put a crushing burden on the fragile ecosystem that once existed in Frenchman Bay.  

At the end of the video, Ed wept, as did many of us who realized what we have lost. If we wake up, perhaps this underwater world in Frenchman Bay will not be gone for good. Perhaps Diver Ed and Reel Pizza could hook up. 

 

Judith Burger-Gossart 

Salsbury Cove 

 

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