Balancing Diverse Marine Uses
The long, narrow peninsulas and enclosed bays of eastern Casco Bay define the character of the region. People living, working, and playing must share the region’s bays, tidal flats, and waterways. Patterns of use of coastal waters are shifting for many reasons, including population growth, coastal development, and climate change. Eastern Bay communities are already facing challenges balancing the evolving needs of disparate users, including landowners, waterfront businesses, summer visitors, recreational fishers, aquaculture operators, and commercial harvesters.