Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET)
Watch the SEANET Informational Video to learn more!
The buoys are back in the water and you can see the data being collected here:
See the data collected by the large buoy at the mouth of the Damariscotta River by clicking here.
See the data collected by the large buoy in the Saco Bay by clicking here.
See the data collected by the LOBO buoys in the Damariscotta River by clicking here.
There are several SEANET weather stations set up along the coast. The data from these stations can be accessed through these links:
UNE Weather Station, Saco
Bowdoin Weather Station, Orrs Island, Harpswell
DRA Weather Station, Great Salt Bay, Damariscotta
Maine Maritime Academy Weather Station, Castine
DEI Weather Station, Beals Island
Cobscook Community Learning Center, Lubec
Download the SEANET one sheet (PDF)
Aquaculture is the fresh or salt water farming of any fish, shellfish, or aquatic plants. Balancing wild fisheries, sustainable aquaculture, and other coastal activities can assist the state of Maine, the nation, and the world in feeding a growing population, creating employment, and economic development. Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine has received a five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) and will address these research opportunities.
- Building a research network to mobilize existing expertise and increase research in the state
- Increasing research and development activities to support aquaculture industry development in the state, including doubling aquaculture faculty at UMaine, and providing training for the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs
- Gathering inshore environmental data of value through a buoy-based sensor system in three bioregions and in six bays to understand Maine’s dynamic coastal ecology
- Implementing support for innovation and entrepreneurial activity
- Supporting approximately 60 existing faculty and staff across 9+ academic and research institutions in Maine
- Hiring 4 new faculty, 5 new post-doctoral researchers, 3 new network staff at UMaine and University of New England
- Supporting 20 graduate students and approximately 80 undergraduates across the state
- Creating STEM and workforce development opportunities across the K-20 pipeline
- Supporting inshore buoy and sensor systems to aid business-led development in the coastal zone
- Developing new demonstration farms and support business-led research activity through a new research farm network
What is SEANET research?
Ecological and sociological research will explore how different types and scales of aquaculture fit into Maine’s multi-use working waterfront and will involve environmental monitoring using field investigations and lab analysis along with buoy-based sensor technology to understand trophic dynamics and nutrient cycling of aquaculture within Maine’s dynamic coastal ecology.
Social science will focus on economics and past and present perceptions of aquaculture and will provide insight into processes for communicating aquaculture’s role in coastal economies and food systems. Other research themes include the impacts of changing climate on current and future aquaculture infrastructure and operations. Studies could include but are not limited to vulnerability to ocean acidification, emerging diseases, invasive species, and structural engineering.
Innovations in aquaculture design and operations and bioproduct development forms a third research theme focused on exploring uses of sea farms for other ecosystem services beyond food and efficiencies in waste streams and energy use.
Human dimensions research includes a range of social science disciplines will integrate closely with the biophysical and engineering research.
Studies will include natural resource economics, alternative business models, and evaluation of communication systems as well as messaging and marketing of cultured products and their contribution to ocean food systems. Maine provides a unique living laboratory to explore the development of sustainable, ecological aquaculture through these types of research. Maine’s coast has well-defined bio-regional segments and also has a range of socio-economic features which will be key factors in organizing SEANET research.
Researchers Working on the Program
THEME 1: Ecological and Sociological Carrying Capacity
Barry A. Costa-Pierce (Theme Chair)
Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor & Chair of Marine Sciences
Director, Marine Science Center, a UNE Center of Excellence
Professor Costa-Pierce will be involved in three lines of research to: (1) analyze existing data and integrate it with data obtained from (a) the proposed buoy/sensor array and (b) data from regular cruises that will collect water velocity, wave, temperature, salinity, nutrient, light, and particles (chl a, detritus, inorganic particles) in order to understand the quality, quantity and temporal and spatial cycles of detritus, (2) investigate natural and laboratory made detritus forms and formulations from terrigenous, salt marsh and seaweed detritus, and the optical properties of detritus and its distinguishing factors relative to inorganic particles, and (3) investigate the feeding and utilization of detritus by bivalves relative to detritus biochemical composition and digestibility. Our team will make important scientific advances in the understanding of the chemical, biological and optical characterizations of detritus as it relates to food assimilation and growth of cultured bivalves.
Kate Beard Tisdale
Professor, School of Computing and Information Science
Director, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis – Maine
Please email Dr. Beard at email@example.com or visit http://umaine.edu/scis/spatial/faculty-and-staff/kate-beard-tisdale/ for more information about her research. Visit the School of Computing and Information Science website (http://umaine.edu/scis/ ).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and see http://misclab.umeoce.maine.edu/ for more information regarding Dr. Boss’ laboratory and www.umaine.edu/marine/programs/graduate-programs.php for more information on the University of Maine’s School of Marine Science Graduate Program.
Damian C. Brady
Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences.
Assistant Director of Research for Maine Sea Grant
Email email@example.com for more information and see www.umaine.edu/marine/programs/graduate-programs.php for more information on the University of Maine’s School of Marine Science Graduate Program.
Research Assistant Professor, Marine Science Center, University of New England
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.umaine.edu/marine/people/profile/huijie_xue for more information about her work and www.umaine.edu/marine/programs/graduate-programs.php for more information about graduate programs in the School of Marine Sciences.
THEME 2: Aquaculture in a Changing Ecosystem
For more information, please e-mail Ian.email@example.com directly, or visit www.umaine.edu/marine/people/profile/ian_bricknell for more information. You can visit the department and institute website at www.umaine.edu/marine/ and http://umaine.edu/aquaculture/
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Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, School of Food & Agriculture, Aquaculture Research Institute
For more information, please contact Prof Tim Bowden at email@example.com directly or visit http://umaine.edu/animalveterinarysciences/faculty-and-staff/tim-bowden/ for more information about this project. You can visit the department and institute website at http://umaine.edu/foodandagriculture/ and http://umaine.edu/aquaculture/seanet/ and http://umaine.edu/aquaculture/ .
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org directly, or visit www.umaine.edu/marine/people/profile/heather_hamlin for more information. You can visit the department and institute website at www.umaine.edu/marine/ and http://umaine.edu/aquaculture/ .
For more information, please email email@example.com directly for more information about this project. To learn more about the School of Marine Sciences or the SEANET program visit www.umaine.edu/marine/ and www.umaine.edu/epscor/maine-epscor-programs/seanet/
THEME 3: Innovations in Aquaculture
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://umaine.edu/chb/faculty/g-peter-van-walsum/ for more information about his work. Visit his department and institute website at http://umaine.edu/chb/links-2/ andwww.forestbioproducts.umaine.edu/.
For more information please contact Dr. Skonberg at email@example.com or visit www.foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu/faculty/denise-i-skonberg/.
Please email Dr. Gramlich at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://umaine.edu/chemistry/faculty/gramlich-group/ for more information about his research.
For more information, please contact Dr. Myracle by email at email@example.com or visit www.foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu/faculty/angela-myracle-phd/
Please email Dr. Nayak at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu/faculty/balunkeswar-balu-nayak-phd/ for more information about his work. Visit his program’s website to learn more about applying for admission at: http://foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu.
For more information, please contact Dr. Zou by email at email@example.com or visit http://civil.umaine.edu/files/2013/06/qpZou.html for more information about her work.
Adoption of aquaculture by fishing communities
For more information, please contact: Teresa.Johnson@maine.edu or at 207-581-4362. For more information about Dr. Johnson’s work please visit www.umaine.edu/marine/people/profile/teresa_johnson.
Assistant Professor-School of Economics, University of Maine
Evaluating production efficiency, risks, product marketability and financial status of the aquaculture operations in Maine
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-581-4324.
Examining socio-economic factors influencing coastal communities, consumers and Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture.