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.
Fund our Research Efforts
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.
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.
Thanks to community supporters, partnering institutions, corporate sponsors, donors, volunteers, and our hardworking staff, the first Schoodic Ferry vessel arrived on Mount Desert Island on Friday, April 29, 2016. Now, all we need to do to get ready for the 2016 season is to transform this vessel from a dive boat into a comfortable, accessible, Schoodic Ferry boat!
All donations made this May and June will go directly to funding our ability to repair and renovate the Schoodic Ferry boat for greatest passenger and researcher safety and comfort, as well as overall vessel reliability.. Please consider joining our donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers and staff as we seek to launch a comfortable, reliable Schoodic Ferry in 2016.
Donations keep our research and operations afloat (literally!), and we thank you in advance for any donations you are able to give.