Maine Policy Review 32(2) Special Issue: “Our Shared Ocean” Available Now

Maine Policy Review, a leading peer-reviewed journal focusing on policy analysis and research in Maine, is excited to announce the release of Our Shared Ocean, a Maine Policy Review special issue. This issue brings together a remarkable set of authors to provide many different perspectives on policy issues related to the ocean. 

Our Shared Ocean is the largest issue published by Maine Policy Review, featuring the Margaret Chase Smith essay by Robin Alden, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and 16 articles on topics ranging from aquaculture to fisheries comanagement, from plastic marine pollution to occupational injury among workers in Maine’s lobster and shellfish fisheries, among others. 

The special issue also contains three interviews: “Maine’s Congressional Delegation Reflections on Our Shared Ocean”; “Protecting the Coast Over Time: Interview with Four Maine Coast Heritage Trust Staff Members”; and “Voices from Maine Fishing Communities, a Selection of Oral History Interviews.”

Rounding out the issue are 24 commentaries from experts on fisheries, coastal access, offshore wind development, tourism, workforce development, and real estate. 


Maine Policy Review publishes timely, independent, peer-reviewed analysis of public policy issues relevant to the state of Maine. The journal is published two times per year by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. It is intended for a diverse audience, including state policymakers; government, business, and nonprofit leaders; students; and general readers with a broad interest in public policy.