In eastern Maine between Penobscot Bay and the Canadian Border the Eastern Maine coastal current bathes the rocky coast with cold nutrient rich water and the boreal forest meets the coast. This unique ecosystem is 97% forested, and still home to all its native sea-run and marine fish species. It also continues to support the human communities that have depended on these fish for thousands of years. Human induced change has put the ecosystem and communities in peril, but with all the pieces still in place there is an opportunity. This session will focus on how a diverse group of organizations have joined together to try a new approach to landscape scale conservation and management of land and water resources. The Downeast Fisheries Partnership believes that embracing and engaging the culture and knowledge of the community and developing an ecosystem-based co-management model will further our organizational missions, to stabilize and restore ecosystems, communities, and the regional economy. Telling this story will be staff from a state-wide land trust, a marine fisheries organization, and a regional economic development non-profit. To achieve the broad scale restoration of iconic species like cod and Atlantic salmon and ensure the viability of communities, that have been intertwined with these species for thousands of years, the group is taking a new approach. Diverse partners, real community engagement and a new co-management model that works at a biologically relevant scale.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center