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If you want to see beautiful, unique tile that you probably will not see anywhere else, you should make a day of it. Come to Boothbay, eat lunch (lobster roll) by the ocean in Boothbay Harbor and come to the Shop.
At our shop, you enter a place where beautiful tiles, passionate people and unique ideas come together! We welcome interior designers, especially kitchen and bath designers. We invite you to come in and browse. Come see how Audrey can help you use this durable, beautiful, natural material to enrich your life.
Exclusive 3x6 Lobster Relief Tile
About Maine Tile Connection’s Exclusive 3x6 Lobster Relief Tile
Meet the Authentic Maine lobster, Homarus Americanus.
Maine lobstermen harvest the majority of their lobsters during the time when lobsters are shedding their old shells, yielding an annual crop of new shell lobsters primarily between July and October. Because the more delicate new shell lobsters are difficult to ship long distances, you have to come to Maine (or at least New England) to experience this delicious seafood. This tile is made in Maine. There is a full line of tile and field tiles to go with this lobster tile.
Our Exclusive Alewife Tiles
What are Alewives?
Alewives are anadromous (sea-run) fish that spend the majority of their life at sea but return to freshwater to spawn. Alewives have co-evolved and co-existed with other native fish and wildlife in Maine’s streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes for thousands of years. Alewives are members of the herring family; their close cousins are shad and blue back herring. Alewives have slender bodies, and they normally grow to 10”-11” in length, and weigh about half a pound.
Repeat spawners can be as large as 14” and weigh a pound or more. Alewives are grayish green on their back, and silvery on their sides and belly. They’ve got a single black spot behind their eye, and their tails are forked.
The bad news is that many Mainers have never seen an alewife run because Maine’s historically thriving alewife population has plummeted during the last two centuries. Dams, pollution and over fishing have taken their toll. Southern Maine’s Alewife Brook, for example, no longer has alewives.
The important message is that alewives tie our ocean, rivers and lakes together, providing vital nutrients and forage needed to make healthy watersheds. Imagine huge schools of alewives that swim in the Gulf of Maine, as far as 120 miles out. Then the adults move, in huge waves, back to shore and up into freshwater. Once they have spawned, adults then migrate back downstream, followed later in the summer and fall by the juveniles.
Between and within those various habitats, everything eats alewives: striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, tuna cod, haddock, halibut, American eel, rainbow- brown- and lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, pickerel, pike, white and yellow perch, seabirds, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, gulls, terns, cormorants, seals, whales, otter, mink, fox, raccoon, skunk, weasel, fisher, and turtles. In addition, lobstermen harvest alewives as bait for their spring lobster fishery.
These excerpts (above) are from a document by Naomi Schalit, Executive Director of Maine Rivers, Lois Winter, Conservation Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf of Maine Program, and Dr. Gail Wippelhauser, Marine Resources Scientist II, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources.
This tile was conceived by Audrey Leeds Miller of Maine Tile Connection in Boothbay and created by Kim Walker in 2010 as a 4X9 tile with a white background. The “cut-out” alewives are the second generation made for Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel in Boothbay Harbor and now available to everyone. These fish tiles are 4X9 and come in a variety of ways. They swim left or right (upstream or down stream) 🙂 they can be cutouts or plant ons.
They can be all white or multicolored. All custom, handmade relief tiles with matching field tiles and complementary decorative tiles. This is is available for organizations that wish to fundraise. The Damariscotta Fish Ladder has received donations from the sale of this tile.
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