Feb 19, 2016

Virtually visit lobster homes in 3 Penobscot Bay harbors. Sunday March 6th Rockland

For Immediate release   2/19/16

Contact: Friends of Penobscot Bay  207-691-7485
Lobster-rich Penobscot Bay: Seeing is believing

ROCKLAND.  For more than a century, Penobscot Bay has been the salty heartland of the wild Maine lobster. On Sunday March 6th, from 2 to 4pm, join the Friends of Penobscot Bay at Stella Maris House in Rockland  as they inspect the lobster habitats of Rockland Harbor, Searsport Harbor and Rockport Harbor, using underwater videos they've made and acquired of the bayfloors of these places.

Since the 1840s Penobscot Bay has dominated New England's lobster fishery.   Come see lobsters hanging out beneath rocks and algae, sunken -into mud burrows, hiding hastily from an approaching video diver. Inspect the lobsters'   "prairie dog town"-style burrow communities
 
"West Penobscot Bay's lobster fishery alone brings in  around $130 million at the dock yearly", said Ron Huber executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance affiliate Friends of Penobscot Bay.   "There's an economic multiplier up to about 650 million dollars circulating within Penobscot bay  area communities.  Lobsters are our area's real renewable resource!"

The Friends of Penobscot Bay believe that keeping this fishery healthy requires keeping the watery homes of Penobscot Bay's lobsters - from the intertidal hideouts of juvenile lobsters to the bay's  sunken boulders and mudfloors.

"Seeing is believing" Friend's leader Huber said. "Come to Stella Maris House in Rockland  on  Sunday March 6th from 2-4pm and get to know the lobster habitats of Rockland Harbor, Searsport Harbor and Rockport Harbor" 

Stella Maris House is located at 148 Broadway, Rockland, adjacent to St Bernard's Catholic Church. Plenty of parking. Snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Friends of Penobscot Bay at  207-691-7485 or by email at coastwatch@gmail.com
 
Friends of Penobscot Bay: a Waterkeeper Alliance affiliate. Caring for Maine's biggest Bay

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