The Portland Press Herald spoke with Kaitlyn O’Donnell, a graduate student in entomology at the University of Maine, for an article on destructive winter moths returning to Maine. O’Donnell, who has been working in Harpswell for the last 18 months, said research there has revealed the moths prefer apples and oaks, and they haven’t been spreading very far or fast. She added they have stripped oaks almost completely and their effect on apple trees could eventually concern commercial growers if the insects extend their range.
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Tri-Town Weekly reported the Freeport-based Maine Clammers Association will be among the many organizations to attend the Maine Green Crab Summit Dec. 16 at the University of Maine. The group will join the discussion on the damage the invasive green crab is inflicting on the state’s clamming industry and will use information from a Maine Department of Marine Resources study to explore ways to fight the problem.
Ways in which commercial fishermen, aquaculturists and those in the tourism industry can work together to create greater economic success will be the focus of three workshops offered by Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Lobster Institute, Island Institute and Maine Aquaculture Association.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism workshops will take place 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast; 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Machias; and 1–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Building in Portland.
Anyone involved in the fisheries, aquaculture or tourism industry or related support organizations is invited to attend any of the free workshops. Sessions will include information from guest speakers on topics such as the legal issues pertaining to offering boat or farm tours and ways seafood producers can enhance their businesses by building relationships with tour operators, restaurant owners and innkeepers.
“The workshops are intended to respond to the need for information expressed by fishermen and aquaculture farmers who seek to diversify their earnings by tapping into the tourism market by offering activities such as lobster boat tours or fish farm tours,” says Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant. “Likewise, these workshops respond to the growing interest in the tourism industry to provide customers with fisheries and fish-farming-related experiences.”
Scott Gunst, an attorney with the admiralty and maritime law practice Reeves McEwing LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., will present at each session. Other guest speakers will vary depending on location. They will include fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers who will talk about their businesses, as well as members of the tourism industry who will share opportunities for marketing and partnerships.
The workshops will include an information session about the legal framework of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, followed by interactive conversations with those who work in the field and a question-and-answer period with representatives of related resources, including the United States Coast Guard, insurance companies and the host organizations.
Pizza will be offered at the Belfast and Machias sessions and snacks will be provided at the Portland workshop.
This is the second time this workshop series has been offered. The first was offered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland in February 2013.
A registration form and more information, such as fact sheets and legal research produced for the series, are available on the Maine Sea Grant’s website. Registration is required.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities. The University of Maine Marine Extension Team (MET), is a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension, that provides educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on the $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to a multidisciplinary team of researchers to examine the impact of rising ocean temperatures on the ecology and economics of the Gulf of Maine.
Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine and Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is leading the four-year project. Katherine Mills, also from UMaine and GMRI, is a co-investigator for the study, which also includes Andrew Thomas, Richard Wahle and Yong Chen from UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, well as climate scientists, oceanographers, fishery scientists and economists from other institutions and organizations.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.
A University of Maine Cooperative Extension class was mentioned in the latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” The article, titled “Food safety and preservation training with UMaine Extension crosses borders,” focused on a two-part training program offered in Falmouth to people from the Democratic Republic of Congo who came to Maine for farm business and food safety training with the UMaine Extension.
The University of Maine departments of art, English and history, as well as the Honors College, are offering a daylong student trip to Portland, Maine on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Students will have the opportunity to explore the city on their own, as well as take part in several scheduled tours of the city’s cultural institutions.
Tours will be at the Portland Public Library, Maine Historical Society’s Longfellow House and the Portland Museum of Art, which is currently hosting its biennial of contemporary art and a show about “Winslow Homer’s Civil War.”
The bus is scheduled to leave from the Collins Center for the Arts parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with an approximate arrival in downtown Portland at 10:30 a.m. Participants will then have the opportunity to attend scheduled tours, explore the city on their own, and eat lunch and dinner before heading back to campus at 6:30 p.m. The bus is expected to be in Orono at 8:30 p.m.
To reserve a seat by Nov. 6, students can register with the faculty member in their department and pay a $5 registration fee. The faculty trip leaders are Michael Grillo in the Art Department, Richard Brucher in English, Sarah Harlan-Haughey in Honors and Liam Riordan in History.
Non-reserved seats will be available to any UMaine student and the general public on Nov. 11.
The UMaine Humanities Initiative provided partial funding for the trip.
The Portland Daily Sun reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County will offer a Master Gardener Training Course beginning Jan. 31, 2014 in Falmouth. The training program will take place on 16 consecutive Friday afternoons and will focus on fruits and vegetables.
University of Maine faculty will present at the annual meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation (ESAF)/Maine Archaeological Society Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in South Portland. Approximately 400 archaeologists, scholars and historians from every state on the Eastern Seaboard are expected to attend.
Raymond Pelletier, associate director of the Canadian-American Center at UMaine, will serve on the panel of presenters at the session titled “The Archaeology of Acadian Maine,” on Nov. 2. Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum at UMaine, will present one of the featured papers at the conference, titled “At the Edge of Acadia.”
Brian Robinson, a professor of archaeology at UMaine, and Joseph and Alice Kelley of the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences are also expected to present.
This will be the 80th annual meeting of the ESAF, which focuses on the study of American archaeology. The event will also feature a Saturday evening banquet with a focus on “Futurescapes of the Northern Gulf Coast of Florida: How Thousands of Years of Rising Sea Promoted Cultural Resilience,” as well as free tours of the Tate House and the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine.
More information, including registration, is available online.
The Forecaster article titled “South Portland concert venue proposal could be firm in January” cited a study by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine. Gabe’s study found Bangor’s Waterfront Concerts have generated more than $30 million in local spending in the first three years of the series.