MTI award for sea lice research

February 15th, 2012 4:15 PM

Mike Pietrak, Dr Sally Molloy, Deborah Bouchard and Dr Ian Bricknell of the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute have been awarded $14,387 by MTI for the development of a new biological trap for sea lice.

The sea louse is currently the greatest economic threat to Atlantic salmon culture in the North Atlantic. A biological sea lice trap consisting of mussel rafts containing slow-release semiochemicals may reduce sea lice densities while contributing to environmental and economic sustainability. Semiochemicals would attract planktonic sea lice larva without affecting other plankton. The filter-feeding mussels would remove sea lice from the water column. We propose to demonstrate that the addition of semiochemicals to a mussel mass enhances the reduction of sea lice settlement on co-habitating Atlantic salmon as proof of concept to develop and commercialize a biological sea lice trap.

MTI award for abalone culture as a sustainable business in Maine

February 15th, 2012 4:12 PM

Dr Heather Hamlin of  The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute, and Robert Bishop of Atlantic Pacific Marine Farms have been awarded $17,011 by MTI for abalone research.

Pacific abalone are a high value aquaculture species that are about to be reared in Maine for the first time. To make the growing of abalone a sustainable business in this area, where they are not native and brood stock are difficult to obtain, a process is required for repeatedly spawning brood stock in a captive environment. The development of protocols for repeat conditioning
and spawning of captive abalone will allow for additional growers within Maine to expand into this high-value aquaculture product that has a large market potential within the US and globally.

New murals at ARC

February 10th, 2012 11:33 AM

Our artist-in-residence, Sonja Allen, is featured here.  Be sure to watch the video!

Razor Clam Research

February 10th, 2012 11:28 AM

Paul Rawson, one of our members, has his research on bivalves spotlighted here.  Way to go Paul!

Shellfish Aquaculture Course at UMaine

February 10th, 2012 11:26 AM

Fantastic news!

We will be offering a May term/summer course at the Darling Marine Center on Techniques in Shellfish Aquaculture. Registration opens on February 24th. To find out more about this course please go to this web page.

This course is open to both UMaine and non-UMaine students. UMaine students can register directly through MaineStreet. Non-UMaine students, please register through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education/ Summer University by calling 207-581-3143.