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Don Bade with turtle. A wetlands advocate, he recently received the Art Longard volunteer award.

Courtesy of PRCWA

Gulf of Maine Visionaries

The hope and promise of a sustainable Gulf of Maine rests, in large part, on a rising, irrepressible chorus of voices of people from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia who are actively engaged in the overall health of their watersheds. Collectively, these are people, often thought of as visionaries, who share a deep devotion to improving the future well being of coastal lands and waters at the local level, and, who also understand how their actions ultimately benefit the entire Gulf region and beyond. One of the main purposes of the Gulf of Maine Council’s Visionary Awards is to remind such stewards that they are not alone.

Protecting wetlands – and their creatures – by building relationships

By Lori Valigra

Don Bade's easy smile and relaxed manner appear to belie his passion for the watersheds surrounding the Parker River and Plum Island Sound. As a founder of the Parker River Clean Water Association, he has strengthened all aspects of the organization through his inspiration and leadership, work with local officials, community outreach and local school projects. He partners with organizations that have broader environmental goals that benefit the whole region. I like building relationships with people, he says.

For his many accomplishments in this role, he recently received the Gulf of Maine Council's Art Longard Award. Named for the late Nova Scotia conservationist and founding member of the council, the award recognizes a strong commitment to volunteer activities dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability of the Gulf of Maine.

Tracking an essential source of life
the world over

Ocean voyages hope to find clues to climate change

By Steve Cartwright

If the health of the sea seems remote to your well-being, consider this: phytoplankton, the single-celled algae that are the most abundant photosynthetic organisms in the ocean, produce half the oxygen in the atmosphere via photosynthesis. Trees, shrubs, grasses and other plants produce the other half via photosynthesis. Therefore, says Dr. Barney Balch, senior research scientist at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, “Every other breath you take is thanks to phytoplankton.”

Just back from one of his numerous oceanic study cruises, Balch says that in the big picture, we ignore the marine environment at our peril. He is fond of a Garry Trudeau cartoon that cites the “save the whales” battle cry, but wonders where the “save the phytoplankton” troops are.

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