QBC’s Conservation Program supports the natural systems and processes of the local marine environment with a focus on restoring the natural equilibrium that once supported ecological goods and services, as well as the local economy. This program encompasses three projects that are confronting the ecological degradation of poor water quality, starting with the removal of diverse sources of pollution.
From seed, we have grown over 300,000 American oysters in Quahog Bay. Oysters are a keystone species that have the ability to filter up to 50 gallons of water each day. We sold our first oysters in the Fall of 2016. 100 percent of the money generated goes directly back into our conservation efforts. Look for our Snow Island Oysters – they are delicious!
Marine Debris Removal
To date, we have removed more than 150 cubic yards of trash from the Bay.
Pump Out Boat: We offer a free on-call septic pump out boat that has removed more than 1,500 gallons of fecal waste that may have otherwise been dumped into the Bay.
Overboard Discharge Removal (OBD Removal): We have removed three of the five non-compliant septic systems, otherwise known as overboard discharge systems and are actively working on removing the other two.
Research and Development Program:
QBC’s Research and Development Program contributes to increasing knowledge of the marine ecosystem, sets baseline data, and creates and implements strategies to combat the environmental challenges facing the Bay.
Our Water Quality Monitoring
Testing for fecal coliforms, specifically E. Coli once a week during the summer months at nine established sites located in the Bay, and we are expanding this program for the summer of 2017 to include, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and phytoplankton detection.
Invasive Species Removal
We target the removal of the European green crab. A highly prolific marine organism that has been labeled as one of the worst invasive species in the world.
Education and Outreach
The Education and Outreach Program fosters knowledge sharing, stewardship for the marine environment and serves to motivate collaboration between local stakeholders, researchers, and academic groups interested in conservation of the Bay.
We provided a $5000 Marine Science Award to support student senior research projects at Bowdoin College and Maine Maritime Academy.