What economic impact will wind and tidal power have in Maine? Over $900 million in direct investment has been brought to Maine since 2006, according to Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative. Paul Williamson, director and industry coordinator of the Initiative, joins the Conference to discuss this potentially huge economic impact in Maine.
The conference will also address fisheries resources. University of New Hampshire Historic Fisheries scientist Karen Alexander will speak about the history of the Gulf of Maine fisheries, and William Leavenworth, of the University of Massachusetts’s Environmental Conservation Department will help us see where the fisheries are headed.
How all of these new developments will affect our coastal resources will be discussed by Maine Dept. of Conservation’s Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program, lobsterman Richard Nelson, Caitlin Cleaver, from the Island Institute and Robin Just of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Penobscot Marine Museum will sponsor tickets for high school students at half price. For more information, call (207) 548-2529 or go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org. To register online go to https://historyconference.eventbrite.com/. The History Conference is on Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 pm at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, Maine. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members, $50 for teachers and $30 for students.
PHOTO CAPTION: VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine
PHOTO CAPTION: Larry Parent, assistant director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono