The rapid decline of traditional fin-fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere has led to an increasing emphasis on concentrated aquaculture operations, especially in inshore environments including protected bays and coves. This in turn has raised concerns about the possible attraction of gulls and other seabirds to production sites in the vicinity of airports or other sensitive humanized landscapes. In addition, the increasing tendency for once “working waterfronts” to be transformed into summer houses and second homes creates tensions between “locals” and “people from away” both of whom may share a common love for the coast, but may have very different ideas of appropriate uses.

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