The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Maine Green Crab Summit held at the University of Maine. Scientists, state officials and fishermen met to discuss the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources, including shellfish harvesting. Attendees and presenters talked about different approaches for control and future management. Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) organized event.
Wicked Local’s Westborough News from Westborough, Mass., reported on a book written by Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Westborough native Edward H. Thompson Jr., a professor emeritus of sociology and former director of the women and gender studies program at the College of the Holy Cross. “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active,” discusses issues related to the mind and body in relation to aging and presents the latest medical and psychological advice on actions men can take to stay healthy.
Michael Merchant, a 2007 University of Maine graduate from Hampden, will appear on Spike TV’s new reality show “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” Merchant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, will compete against eight other teams of Bigfoot and big game hunters to try to capture Bigfoot or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of the creature’s existence. The show will be hosted by actor Dean Cain and will feature scientific experts Todd Disotell and Natalia Reagan. In 2011, Merchant also appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Out of the Wild: Venezuela,” a reality show that featured volunteers who were abandoned in a remote area of Venezuela and had to travel 70 miles back to civilization with only basic supplies. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” premieres 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 on Spike TV.
The Associated Press previewed the Dec. 16 Maine Green Crab Summit at the University of Maine. Maine officials, researches and fisherman are expected to discuss the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources. Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are organizing the event. News OK, WGME (Channel 13), San Francisco Chronicle, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
Frank Drummond, an entomologist with specialties in blueberry pollination and integrated pest management at the University of Maine, and Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, were interviewed for the latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. Drummond and Stack spoke about neonicotinoid pesticides and their potentially harmful effects on honeybees.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Bangor Daily News article “Orono-Veazie Water District consumers raise concerns about potential carcinogen.” The students presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer. UMaine also released a statement about its water, saying the university “has been in contact with the Orono-Veazie Water District and is aware that it is currently in compliance for 2013.”
Vice President for Research Carol Kim recently appointed Paul Anderson as the new director of the Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Maine. ARI is a statewide resource for research, faculty expertise and facilities dedicated to informing the development of sustainable aquaculture.
In Maine, marine aquaculture includes salmon, oysters, mussels and seaweeds with a growing interest in other species of both finfish and shellfish. There is also a small amount of freshwater aquaculture used to raise bait fish and other species.
Since 2001, Anderson has directed the Maine Sea Grant College Program, another one of UMaine’s research centers overseen by Kim. He will continue in that capacity. “Paul has tremendous leadership skills,” said Kim, explaining that the ARI is an important asset to the developing aquaculture industry in Maine, “I expect successful results as he takes the helm.”
During this two-year appointment as ARI director, which began December 1, 2013, Anderson will oversee a strategic planning effort, an external review of the institute, and will work to align the faculty, student and facilities that are involved in aquaculture-related research towards common goals. “This is an important time in the evolution of aquaculture in the world and strong science is needed to help ensure that aquaculture is integrated in the working waterfront and into the food systems in an ecologically sustainable manner,” Anderson said.
A UMaine alumnus, Anderson served as the extension leader at Maine Sea Grant before becoming its director. From 1989–1999, he worked for the Maine Department of Marine Resources where he directed the Public Health Division overseeing all aspects of seafood safety. In 2003, he chaired the Governor’s Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine.
UMaine has aquaculture research facilities at three locations in the state: the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin; the research laboratory at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and the Aquaculture Research Center in Orono.
The Maine Edge reported on the publication of a journal article written by University of Maine marine scientists Robert Steneck and Richard Wahle. “American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean,” was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science titled “American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: U.S.-Canada Science Symposium.” The journal includes scientific presentations made at the symposium in November 2012. Steneck and Wahle’s article proposes that due to fewer predators, warming water, an influx of warm-water species and risks of disease, traditional conditions of the American lobster in the North Atlantic no longer exist.
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Carol Kim, UMaine’s vice president for research, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Older Mainers are an answer to the state’s economic woes.” The op-ed says as part of the Blue Sky Project, UMaine is considering new opportunities to “collaborate and form interdisciplinary teams to catalyze Maine’s renewal and include older Mainers.”
Scott Johnson, a professor at and director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, spoke with WGME (Channel 13) for a report on ancient volcanoes in Maine. Johnson and other UMaine geologists said there is evidence of an ancient supervolcano on Mount Desert Island. Johnson also simulated a volcanic eruption by using a trash can full of water, liquid nitrogen and a soda bottle.