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SEANET All Hands Meeting Recap

Maddy Jackson On May 23, SEANET project members, industry collaborators, researchers, and students gathered at the annual All Hands Meeting for the final time as Year 5 of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project comes to a close. For the first time since the beginning of the five year project, the general public was […]

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You’re Invited to the SEANET All Hands Meeting

The 2019 SEANET All Hands Meeting is scheduled for May 23rd at Wells Conference Center in Orono from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Typically, this meeting has been closed to non-project personnel and researchers. This year, we are opening it up to the public and want to make it more of a celebration of Aquaculture. Please […]

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Katherine Kirk, woman researcher in lab, Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Aquaculture Innovation Research Update: Katherine Kirk

Biofouling, or the accumulation of organisms such as crustaceans, bacteria, and algae on underwater surfaces, is a costly problem and increases fuel and maintenance costs, while also creating a need for near-constant equipment cleaning. For aquaculturists, the process of removing biofouling from underwater equipment is a constant challenge. For those that harvest lobsters or similar […]

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Adrianus Both, man on boat with lifejacket, coast of Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Carrying Capacity Research Update: Adrianus Both

Detritus is a ubiquitous and crucial component of ecosystems that is incorporated into aquaculture growth and ecosystem carrying capacity models for bivalves. Within most models, detritus is only indirectly calculated and treated as a homogenous entity, which it is not. The quality and bioavailability of detrital particulates for bivalves are directly related to their composition. […]

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Carrying Capacity Research Update: Andrew Goode

Andrew Goode’s research focuses on aquaculture habitats within Casco Bay, ME.  Goode is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine studying Oceanography with faculty advisor, Dr. Damian Brady. He uses ocean model data, developed by another SEANET student researcher, Stephen Moore, to determine how much of Casco Bay is suitable for aquaculture and how […]

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Changing Environment Research Update: Amalia Harrington

Increasing levels of human-produced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing widespread ocean warming and acidification. Both will likely have major impacts on commercial fisheries and aquaculture. Since the full impacts of climate change are as of yet unknown, it is critical to understand both species- and stage-specific impacts of warming and acidification to sustain […]

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Human Dimensions Research Update: Olga Bredikhina

Olga Bredikhina has been working most recently on two different studies, both looking at consumer preferences for, and acceptance of aquaculture in Maine. Her research explores consumer preferences for seafood attributes, as well as citizens’ preferences for the proximity of residential property to different types of coastal usages. Olga is a graduate student at the […]

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Aquaculture Innovation Research Update: Longhuan Zhu

With sea levels rising and the severity of storms increasing due to climate change, there is a growing need for innovative and sustainable ways to protect coastal environments. Longhuan Zhu’s research focuses on modeling wave attenuation created by kelp aquaculture farms. He is a Ph.D. student studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of […]

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Carrying Capacity Research Update: Nicholas Keeney

Nicholas Keeney spent this past year building software to improve maintenance and usability of oceanographic data and predictive models. Keeney is a graduate student at the University of Maine studying Oceanography with his faculty advisor, Dr. Damian Brady. Keeney is interested in how to apply Big Data tools to aquaculture. For example –  how do […]

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Changing Environments Research Update: Emma Taccardi

Sea lice  (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are the primary parasitic disease of salmon aquaculture throughout the northern hemisphere. Although the aquaculture industry has optimized many aspects of Atlantic salmon production over recent decades, fish health remains a costly hurdle to overcome. Heavy reliance on antiparasitic treatments continues to increase chemical resistance in sea louse populations, making these […]

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