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Stonington
Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 2, 2016 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 2, 2016 and The Weekly Packet, June 2, 2016
Discover Downeast fisheries at PERC

PERC touch tank

Immerse yourself in the fisheries of downeast Maine at Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington this summer. PERC offers a fully interactive marine touch-tank with lobsters, crabs, sea cucumbers, periwinkles, starfish, scallops, sea urchins, mussels and more. Pictured, Danica discovers an unusual blue lobster at the PERC touch tank.

Photo courtesy of Penobscot East Resource Center

Immerse yourself in the fisheries of downeast Maine at Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington this summer. PERC offers a fully interactive marine touch-tank with lobsters, crabs, sea cucumbers, periwinkles, starfish, scallops, sea urchins, mussels and more, according to a press release. Dive even deeper on the interactive touch wall—learning the biology, life history, and fishery of each species on a 15-foot-wide touch surface. Watch fisheries come to life with onboard photos and videos of harvesting the seafood that fuels Maine’s economy. Drop your pin on the center’s map and sign the brand new electronic guest book. Meet Emma Kimball, PERC’s newest Fisheries Education intern and ask her every fishy question you can think of.

Along with interactive exhibits, there is merchandise on sale, including artwork by D.D. Tyler, postcards, mugs, greeting cards, films and more. Buoys decorated by area artists for PERC’s annual Lobster Buoy Auction will be on display all summer.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all animals must be handled with care.

The center at 13 Atlantic Avenue in Stonington is open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Wednesday, June 8. Learn how you can support the center’s work by stopping in or visiting penobscoteast.org.