The mission of Quahog Bay Conservancy is to revitalize the ecosystem of Quahog Bay to a robust and resilient state for all communities that depend on it.
Through sustainable aquaculture, ecosystem monitoring, and community education, we aim to conserve natural habitat, protect native wildlife, foster environmental stewards, support Maine's working waterfront, and partner with like-minded organizations.
Quahog Bay Conservancy is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2014.
About Our Bay
The Bay is made up of nearly one thousand acres of productive, intertidal and sub-tidal marine habitat, and is home to a diverse array of seabirds, shellfish, and other marine life. Its waters have supported traditional, commercial, and recreational fishing for generations and also attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts.
Challenges We Face
Research shows that over the past decade, sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have increased faster than 99% of the global ocean. This warming, which is related to a northward shift in the Gulf Stream is having impacts on our ecosystems.
Trash regularly floats in the water, washes up on the shoreline and sits in the sediment at the bottom of the Bay. We love recreational boaters, but some unaware boaters are dumping their bilges directly into the bay, and many of the seasonal cottages with antiquated septic systems have resulted in sewage contamination so severe that the majority of the bay had been closed to all shellfish harvesting for decades.
With an ecosystem-based approach, QBC has created six programs that are focused on innovative ways to mitigate and solve these complex problems.