Greater Portland Council of Governments
Capacity Building for Resilient Long-Term Planning in Greater Portland (ME)
Engage up to ten vulnerable Casco Bay coastal municipalities in a collaborative planning initiative that will produce resilience strategies and solutions by addressing environmental, social, and economic issues from a regional perspective. Project will begin plans for one regional coastal resilience plan, plus ten individual coastal Maine towns’ comprehensive plans, to provide nature-based resilience solutions.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Building Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring Capacity in the New England Groundfish Fishery
Support the implementation of the maximized retention electronic monitoring model in the New England groundfish fishery by piloting a third-party dockside monitoring approach to build regional capacity to support 100 percent monitoring on vessels. Project will facilitate the transition to an industry led effort and support implementation by providing technical assistance to sectors, fishers, and dealers using a maximized retention model to meet their monitoring requirements.
Western Atlantic Flyway Whimbrel Conservation Program (Multiple States)
Expand on efforts to coordinate conservation and monitor declining whimbrel populations using the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will increase coordination of whimbrel partners working throughout the flyway, address information gaps on whimbrel ecology and demography, and continue development of a monitoring program built around night roosts.
The Nature Conservancy
Deploy Machine Learning for Electronic Monitoring of Fisheries (multiple states)
Develop, widely test and deploy open source computer vision tools which identify and trim video segments to reduce archival video storage costs for fisheries electronic monitoring. Project will employ a two-step process where detection of humans is completed during video review and trimming is done only after video review is completed to reduce risk of eliminating important fishing activity and to facilitate adoption by regulators.
Town of Camden
Megunticook River Fish Passage (ME)
Improve flood resiliency and habitat connectivity for sea run and resident fish including brook trout, American eel, Atlantic salmon, and rainbow smelt throughout the Megunticook watershed in Camden, Maine. Project will produce final designs for full or partial removal of four barriers to fish passage and construction of additional fish passage at two sites where removal is not feasible.