Combining Research and Marine Transit Services
Frenchman Bay Research Boating Services
Our marine operations combine affordable passenger/bicycle ferry service with the ability for each ferry to act as a research platform for baseline data collection supporting transect-based oceanographic assessments of Frenchman Bay between ports.
Our marine staff has 15 years combined experience collecting baseline data for water quality assessments, pollution assessments, toxicology analyses, species abundance, distribution and habitat use studies, habitat identification studies, and shifting oceanographic parameters studies
Areas of expertise include marine mammal visual and acoustic surveys, ambient noise assessments, and noise characterization. Studies that utilize the ferry as a reliable transect for surveying are encouraged, as are studies for which data collection requires minimal stopping time.
Passenger space is often provided for dedicated data collection personnel from partnering organizations.
Help us keep the Schoodic Ferry afloat!
How Your Donation Helps
Frenchman Bay Research Boating has been working tirelessly to provide a dual use ferry for both research and economic use in the Acadia area. Our marine operations will combine affordable passenger/bicycle/pet ferry service with the ability for each ferry to act as a research platform for baseline data collection supporting transect-based oceanographic assessments of Frenchman Bay between ports. In 2016, our innovative Schoodic Ferry service transported 6,606 one-way passengers, transported 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, and began twice weekly marine mammal monitoring surveys.
Our current project goal is to establish baseline oceanographic data within Frenchman Bay, so that as traffic (cruise ships, lobster fishery, sea cucumber tows, etc.) changes in Frenchman Bay, we have the data necessary to understand how those changes are affecting Frenchman Bay’s ecosystem. We are working tirelessly to build innovative marine mammal and pelagic bird monitoring studies that will pair with physical oceanographic data collection to help determine species-specific habitat requirements of local bait fish (herring, mackerel, pollock, alewives, etc.) in 2017. Bait fish are essential to both the commercial lobster industry in Frenchman Bay and the ecotourism industry in Frenchman Bay; thus developing a better understanding of where and why those fish occur inside the Bay will be of vital importance to the future of both industries. In addition, because the research will be conducted aboard the ferry, your donations go directly towards supporting the Schoodic Ferry’s unique marine science education programs – where passengers and working scientists interact.
Donations literally help keep our research and ferry service afloat! We thank you in advance for any contribution you choose to make.