Beautiful, But Barren Bay

I recently just returned from Maine with my family.  I have been going there for 40 years.  It is still very well preserved and beautiful and wild (my mom saw a mountain lion on her neighbor’s porch a couple of years ago).

When I go there, I rarely leave my mom’s cottage.  Often, the other adults will go places, run errands, etc.  My favorite thing to do is to stay-put and hang out on the deck with a book and a beer while the kids entertain themselves and explore the shore.

As I look at the beauty of the Maine waters, I often feel sadness as I notice the difference of the life in the bay from when I was a kid.  I remember seeing dozens of seals in a single evening, ospreys and flocks of terns diving for fish, and the schools of fish themselves.  In the 2 weeks I was there, I never saw any of this- and I haven’t in years.

Greenpeace has done an incredible job this past decade of raising the awareness of sustainable seafood and vastly increasing demand for such.  I’m hopeful that it’s not too late and the fish will return in my lifetime.

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6 Responses to Beautiful, But Barren Bay

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  2. Anne Frances Martin says:

    That is so sad- to witness that much change in those waters. I too pray that our waters our vital and healthy, teeming with fish and sea mammals. Thank you Greenpeace and thank you Scott for MOM’s.
    Anne Frances (Baltimore)

  3. Pam says:

    Hi Scott,
    I worked in Winter Harbor and lived in Milbridge Maine for three years and absolutely loved it. This was in the late 90’s and I still plan on going back when I retire. But like you’ve noticed, I’m sure it will not be the same as when I was there 15 years ago….I just know it will be more closer to nature than where I am now (congested Maryland). I once had a Black bear in my yard, a moose in my driveway, and several raccoons destroying my bird feeders….I listened as the deer walked underneath my window at night and it was the most pleasant sound. Kudos to Greenpeace and anyone else who’s life mission is to spread awareness about our slowly dissolving resources.

    Pam Suarez

    • Scott says:

      Pam- we go to Corea. Once when I was a kid, I was playing catch off of the roof and a moose came through the woods and trotted right by me. It really is a wild and beautiful place. I was happy to have a mountain lion in the area- was spotted along the coast in Gouldsboro and all the way over towards Chipman’s.

      Fish lay millions of eggs and can come back quick. We just have to give them some relief like we have with the crabs and rockfish here in the Chesapeake. Changing over to sustainable seafood fishing has been happing quickly- thanks to Greenpeace- so, I’m hopeful.

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