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Friends of Merrymeeting Bay



FOMB works to protect, preserve and improve the unique ecosystems of Merrymeeting Bay through research, advocacy, education and land conservation. The Bay, at the junction of six rivers, drains 38% of Maine through a 300 yard bedrock slot that continues 20 miles via the Kennebec to the ocean.
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Address:
P.O. Box 233
Richmond , ME 04357
USA
Contact Person: Ed Friedman
Phone: 207-666-3372
Fax: 207-666-8481
E-Mail: edfomb@gwi.net
Website: http://www.link75.org/mmb/
   


Detailed Information:
Merrymeeting Bay is a freshwater tidal riverine estuary system in mid-coast Maine. It is the largest such system north of Chesapeake and is known for its bald eagle, rare plant and waterfowl populations. It is the only system that all of the anadromous fish species in the Gulf of Maine, including Atlantic salmon, short-nose and Atlantic sturgeon, striped bass and alewives, use for either spawning or nursery habitat.
Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, as a land trust actively works to protect valuable natural areas in this region. We also work with children and adults to educate them on this unique commons surrounded by at least nine towns and use advocacy efforts at local, state and federal levels [i.e. municipal sludge spreading, dam license modifications for eel passage, Atlantic salmon ESA petition]to improve the Bay. FOMB seeks to better understand the Bay as well as provide a sound basis for our advocacy efforts through innovative research [aquatic vegetation and land use change over time, caged mussels for dioxin, PCB and other biomonitoring, circulation patterns of the Bay, etc.]. Try the "cybrary" and "Friends of Merrymeeting Bay" links on the FOMB web site to learn a lot more.


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