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protect our waters: no mining in maine

Posted: May 10 2021
The cold waters of Cobscook are home to flourishing populations of aquatic life like its massive seaweed ecosystem, dense schools of mackerel and herring, and the last remaining Atlantic salmon runs, all of which is under threat from a new mine proposed nearby.

The Cobscook Bay is world class. We may be a faraway region without much human density or economic concentration, but as far as fish habitat is concerned we are prime real estate. The rivers flowing into Cobscook Bay, the 22-foot tides, the cold water, the massive seaweed ecosystem and the churning of nutrients drive the herring, drive the mackerel, drive the plankton and drive the whole into a place of marine productivity of global significance.

We have the fattest scallops, the last remaining Atlantic salmon runs, abundant mackerel and herring, enviable clams. So much of our economy is based on natural resource economies from our forests, our bays, fishing, boat building, tourism and recreation, forestry and aquaculture. We live here because of the extraordinary scenic beauty, and now is a time we need to protect what we cherish.

Thanks to the wise stewardship of local residents, fishermen and women, town planning boards, code enforcement officers, the work of indigenous advocates, tireless action of conservationists and the sheer magnificence of nature, we have an abundant and relatively healthy marine ecosystem here. One that we all enjoy. 

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE (Written by Greenhorns founder/director Severine von Tscharner Fleming)