A Brief History of the Penobscot Bay Ecosystem


“A Brief History of the Penobscot Bay Ecosystem, From Well-Stocked Seasonal Market to Giant Lobster Pound,” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 25, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library. Bill Leavenworth, environmental historian and researcher, has written several scholarly articles about the changing landscape of New England’s maritime resources. He has poured through old fishing logs and data housed at Penobscot Marine Museum and other fisheries research archives to shed light on the health of the fishing stocks over time. Come hear his latest research on the Maine coastal fisheries, which through 1924 caught more seafood product each year by weight and variety than Maine's distant water fisheries (Grand Banks).

Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held April through October. For our program schedule, www.belfastmuseum.org.

Photograph caption: In the early 1900s the Glenn-Geary sardine carrier provided fish to the Lubec Sardine Company located on the Belfast waterfront. During this time upwards of 500,000 cases were produced each year.








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