Blue Hill Bay Monitoring ProgramEntry ID: gomc_116
Abstract: In the summer of 1999, the Marine Environmental Research Institute
(MERI) initiated coastal monitoring activities in Blue Hill Bay in
collaboration with the University of Maine, the Department of Marine
Resources, and the Maine State Planning Office.
Phytoplankton Study: MERI is conducting a study of phytoplankton species in
Blue Hill Bay. Working with the Maine Department of Marine Resources ... and the
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, MERI staff collect and analyze
samples from plankton tows, looking for the following toxic plankton:
Alexandrium spp., Dinophysis spp., Pseudo-Nitzschia spp., and Prorocentrum
spp.. We will also record samples of non-toxic plankton including: Navicula
sp., Pleurosigma sp., and Nitzschia sp.
Blue Hill Bay Stream Study: MERI has begun a water quality study in
collaboration with the Clean Water / Partners in Monitoring Program, a joint
program with the State Planning Office and Department of Marine Resources. We
are monitoring a small stream entering Herrick Bay, located in southern Blue
Hill Bay. This stream is believed to be the source of bacterial contamination
of the local shellfish bed that has been closed since 1998.
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to characterize existing stresses on
the Bay, and to increase public understanding of the potential impacts of
development and other human activities on the health of our coastal ecosystem.
These programs offer participants opportunities for hands-on data collection
experience; in addition, the data collected are incorporated in our educational
Sponsor: ... Marine Environmental Research Institute - Coastal Monitoring Programs;
Maine State Planning Office, Maine Department of Marine Resources; Clean
Water/Partners in Monitoring Program
Additional Information OR Comments: Data sheets provided by the Department of
Marine Resources are completed, and the data is shared with the University of
Maine Cooperative Extension's Phytoplankton Monitoring Program in Waldoboro,
Materials and Methods: Samples will be taken using a ten micron plankton net
and viewed through microscopes with 10X and 30X magnification. Relative
abundance rather than exact count of toxic species are observed. While
observing the slide, abundances are to be recorded as "rare" (<10%), "common"
(10-50%), or "abundant" (>50%).
Sample Site Locations: MERI staff is monitoring two Blue Hill Bay sites weekly,
including one inside Naskeag Harbor in Blue Hill Bay and a second site on the
southwest side of Hog Island.
Start Date: 1999-01-01
Temporal Resolution: weekly
Temporal Resolution Range: Weekly - < Monthly
Quality The staff is trained by the DMR in proper sampling techniques and quality
Access Constraints Data sheets provided by the Department of Marine Resources are completed, and
the data is shared with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's
Phytoplankton Monitoring Program in Waldoboro, Maine.
Use Constraints None noted
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: E-mail
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: scromwell at merriresearch.org
55 Main Street PO Box 1652
City: Blue Hill
Province or State: Maine
Postal Code: 04614
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-11-28