Tom Porter

News Producer

That very British voice you've begun hearing on Maine Things Considered belongs to our newest reporter, Tom Porter, who comes to us after a prior stint as a reporter at WVTF-FM, a public radio station in Roanoke, Virgina.

A native of Birmingham, England, Tom comes from a family of British journalists. He worked for nearly eight years at Bloomberg Television and Radio in London as a reporter and news producer. He is also trained jazz pianist. Tom has a bachelor's degree from the University of London and a master's degree from Kings College in London.

Tom has a strong background in environmental reporting, chronicling the drought affecting much of the south, innovation in “green” construction and building design and advances in biotechnology.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Visiting Maine Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina promised she would increase accountability in the federal government and in the White House if she's elected as the nation's chief executive.

Fiorina spoke before about 500 people at a sold-out luncheon in South Portland organized by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group.

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GEORGETOWN, Maine - For generations, Mainers have harvested clams by digging down into the tidal flats along the coast, moving from spot to spot and carefully pulling them out one by one from the muck. But the clam, and the clamming industry, are facing a new challenge, with the huge increase in recent years of the invasive predator known as the green crab.

Robert Lamb / Screen shot from underwater video

Several conservation groups are calling on the White House to designate an area of the Gulf of Maine as a National Monument. The Cashes Ledge Closed Area is considered important habitat for cod, and The Conservation Law Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and others say it must be protected.

Conservation groups will this week officially call for the Cashes Ledge Closed Area in the Gulf of Maine to be designated a national monument.

At an event in Boston Wednesday, the Conservation Law Foundation, and others, will urge the White House to extend protections to the undersea mountain range - about 80 miles east of the Maine and Massachusetts coastlines.

Among those supporting the measure is Paul Dobbins, president of Ocean Approved, a Portland-based kelp-farming operation.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The ubiquitous, invasive European green crab is blamed for wreaking havoc on Maine's shellfish populations in recent years, and now it's also suspected of having another negative impact on Maine's marine ecosystem: Researchers suspect that the crabs are responsible for a decline in eelgrass, and they're trying to do something about it.