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Community forum and wakeup call on green crabs, dissolving clams, coastal acidification, and our coastal economy

Join “Friends of Casco Bay” and a panel of experts for this discussion on the latest facts, concerns, and questions concerning coastal acidification, dissolving clams, a population explosion of green crabs, and the sudden disappearance of eelgrass beds, an essential habitat for marine life.

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Doors open at 5 pm
  • Presentations from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where: Abromson Auditorium, University of Southern Maine, Portland

This forum draws on more than two decades of data collection and observations by scientists and harvesters to show that changes are happening across the Bay.

  • Acidifying coastlines
  • Invading green crabs
  • Dwindling clam populations
  • Disappearing nurseries of the sea
  • And what you can do about it


  • Joseph E. Payne, Casco Baykeeper®, Friends of Casco Bay
  • Dr. Hilary Neckles, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, expertise in seagrasses
  • Dr. Brian Beal, professor at University of Maine, expertise in shellfish ecology, resource management, mariculture
  • Chad Coffin, President of the Maine Clammers Association and Owner of Stewards of the Sea LLC

Tickets are $10 each general admission, and students are free with a college ID. Professionals can obtain a certificate for professional development contact hours. Educators can earn up to .5 CEU.

For more information, visit http://www.cascobay.org/events/casco-bay-at-risk/.