Talk: Penobscot Bay Ecosystem


Community Happenings
Sep 25, 2017
7:00 PM
Photo by: Sidney L. Cullen, courtesy of Belfast Historical Society In the early 1900s, the Glenn-Geary sardine carrier provided fish to Lubec Sardine Co. on the Belfast waterfront. Upwards of 500,000 cases were produced each year.

“A Brief History of the Penobscot Bay Ecosystem, from Well-Stocked Seasonal Market to Giant Lobster Pound,” is the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting in the Belfast Free Library Abbott Room. Free and open to the public.

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).