Combining Research and Marine Transit Services
Frenchman Bay Research Boating Services
Our first ferry, the Schoodic Ferry, combines affordable passenger/bicycle public transit while supporting baseline data collection for transect-based oceanographic assessments of Frenchman Bay between ports. We partner with local and international scientists to develop and conduct long-term marine mammal, pelagic bird, bait fish, plankton, and oceanographic surveys, helping the Frenchman Bay community develop an ecosystem level understanding of the Bay and its inhabitants.
Help us keep the Schoodic Ferry afloat!
How Your Donation Helps
In 2016, our innovative Schoodic Ferry service transported 6,606 one-way passengers and 1,286 one-way bicycles, provided boat rides for over 100 Maine 4th graders as part of Acadia’s Centennial programs, matched 9 local 4th-9th grade students with working marine science mentors, provided rides to work for 12 weekly commuters, and began twice weekly marine mammal monitoring surveys – all of which would not have been possible without your support!
We are currently entering the most challenging portion of our season: spring repairs to the Schoodic Ferry vessel. Donations literally help keep our research and ferry services afloat! Please consider assisting our efforts to get the Schoodic Ferry ready to continue working in 2017.