Fish, Wind and Tide: Maine’s Future Resources?
Saturday, November 2, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine
80 Belmont Avenue
Belfast, Maine


For generations the resources of fish, wind and tide played key roles in Mainers’ lives. The Industrial and Technological Revolutions dramatically changed our use of these resources. What is the current state of our fisheries? Is there a new vision for Maine’s working waterfront? Can Maine lead the way in wind and tidal power development? This year we examine Maine’s history and future with regards to our resources of fish, wind and tide.

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8:15-9 am Registration
9-9:45 am Historic Tide Mills of Maine: What is a tide mill? Who built the 200 tide mills in North America and what role did they play in our economic history? Historian Bud Warren explains tide mill technology, tells the history of tide mills along the Maine coast, and discusses contemporary tide mill activity.
Bud Warren, co-founder of Tide Mill Institute and marine historian
10-11 am Maine’s Tidal Power Development: Can tidal power change Maine’s energy and economic outlook? This panel will discuss tidal energy device technology and the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding tidal power.
Gayle Zydlewski, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, Univ. of Maine, Orono
Teresa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Marine Policy, Univ. of Maine, Orono
Richard W. Kimball, Associate Professor of Engineering, Maine Maritime Academy
Richard S. Armstrong, Executive Director of Tidal Energy Demonstration & Evaluation Center, Maine Maritime Academy
11:15 am-12:15 pm Gulf of Maine Fisheries: An Historic Overview: Exactly why, how and when were our fishing stocks depleted? Karen Alexander and Bill Leavenworth study the historic fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and will speak on the effect of fossil fuels and other twentieth century technologies on the fisheries.
William Leavenworth, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Conservation Department, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Karen Alexander, Historic Fisheries Scientist, Univ. of New Hampshire
12:15-1 pm Lunchtime talk Sail Making The Old Fashioned Way: Eben Wilson, lobsterman and sail maker, will talk about traditional sail making techniques which have remained unchanged for centuries, and the important role working sailing vessels played in Maine’s history.
Eben Wilson, Apprentice Sailmaker at Nathaniel Wilson Sailmaker Inc.
1:15-2:15 pm Planning Maine’s Coastal Resources: What impact do wind and tide energy turbines have on fisheries, recreation and other waterfront commercial uses? Hear different points of view from government planners, fishermen, environmental advocates and community development organizations as this panel explores multiple uses for Maine’s waterfront.
Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program, Maine Dept. of Conservation
Richard Nelson, Friendship Lobsterman
Caitlin Cleaver, Marine Programs Associate, Island Institute
Robin Just, Ocean Program Communications, Conservation Law Foundation
2:30-3:30 pm Maine’s Wind Power Development: Maine has been identified as a potential major wind energy supplier for the Northeast corridor from both on-shore and off-shore wind turbines. Our panel will discuss how universities and industry professionals are collaborating to study, plan and build wind energy in Maine.
Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono
Paul Williamson, Director and Industry Coordinator of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative
3:30-5pm Beer tasting: from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company in Belfast and Networking Time.

2013 History Conference
Fish, Wind and Tide: Renewable or Finite Resources?
Saturday, November 2, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine
80 Belmont Avenue
Belfast, Maine

Register online or call us:
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Call 207-548-2529

Conference Tickets:
$50 Museum Members
$60 Non-members
$50 Teachers
$30 Students

Conference price includes lunch if registration is received by Monday, October 28.