Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET)

Visit SEANET’s New Website!

Watch the SEANET Informational Video to learn more!

NEW!
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.

SEANET is:

  • 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

Funding is:

  • 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?

Oysters on the half shell

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.

Contact Information:

Paul Anderson, SEANET Director
Phone 207.581.1435 · Fax 207.581.1426
Email: panderson@maine.edu
Meggan Dwyer, SEANET Research Coordinator
Phone: 207.581.4523
Email: meggan.dwyer@maine.edu
Kathleen Schaefer, Administrative Specialist
Phone: 207.581.1635
Email: kathleen.schaefer@maine.edu

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.

For more information contact bcostapierce@une.edu or visit www.une.edu/people/barry-a-costa-pierce and http://ecologicalaquaculture.org

Kate Beard Tisdale
Professor, School of Computing and Information Science
Director, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis – Maine

Please email Dr. Beard at beard@spatial.maine.edu  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/ ).

ebossEmmanuel Boss
Professor, School of Marine Sciences.

Email emmanuel.boss@maine.edu  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 damian.brady@maine.edu 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.

 

Carrie Byron

Carrie Byron
Research Assistant Professor, Marine Science Center, University of New England

Please email Dr. Byron at cbyron@une.edu  or visit www.une.edu/people/carrie-j-byron for more information about her work.

 

XueHuijie Xue
Professor, School of Marine Sciences.

For more information, please contact hxue@maine.edu 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

Ian Bricknell (Theme Chair)
Professor Of Aquaculture Biology in the School of Marine Sciences & Aquaculture Research Institute.

For more information, please e-mail Ian.bricknell@umit.maine.edu  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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Professor of environmental engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, please contact ariaa@maine.edu directly or visit www.civil.umaine.edu/faculty/aria-amirbahman/ for more information about this project. You can visit the department and institute websites at http://www.civil.umaine.edu and http://umaine.edu/aquaculture/seanet/.

 

Tim Bowden

Tim Bowden
Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, School of Food & Agriculture, Aquaculture Research Institute

For more information, please contact Prof Tim Bowden at timothy.bowden@maine.edu  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/ .

SBrawleySusan H. Brawley
Full Professor, School of Marine Sciences

For more information, please contact brawley@maine.edu. You can visit the School of Marine Science website at www.umaine.edu/marine.

 

Heather Hamlin
Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Sciences, Aquaculture Research Institute.

For more  information, please e-mail heather.hamlin@maine.edu  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/ .

 

Paul RawsonPaul Rawson
Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences

For more information, please email prawson@maine.edu 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/

 

Krish Thiagarajan
Energy Chair & Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine.

For more information, please contact krish.thiagarajan@maine.edu directly. You can visit the department and institute website at www.umaine.edu/mecheng/  and www.umaine.edu/epscor/.


THEME 3: Innovations in Aquaculture

G. Peter van Walsum (Theme Co-Chair)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Forest Bioproducts Research Institute.

For more information, please contact pvanwalsum@umche.maine.edu  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/.

Denise Skonberg (Theme Co-Chair)
Associate Professor of Food Science, School of Food and Agriculture and Cooperating Faculty at The Lobster Institute.

For more information please contact Dr. Skonberg at denise.skonberg@umit.maine.edu  or visit www.foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu/faculty/denise-i-skonberg/.

 

Will-GramlichWilliam Gramlich
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Cooperating Faculty at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Please email Dr. Gramlich at william.gramlich@maine.edu  or visit http://umaine.edu/chemistry/faculty/gramlich-group/  for more information about his research.

 

Angela D. Myracle
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, School of Food and Agriculture

For more information, please contact Dr. Myracle by email at angela.myracle@maine.edu  or visit www.foodsciencehumannutrition.umaine.edu/faculty/angela-myracle-phd/

 

 

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Assistant Professor of Food Processing, School of Food and Agriculture.

Please email Dr. Nayak at balunkeswar.nayak@maine.edu 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.

 

Qingping ZouQingping Zou
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, please contact Dr. Zou by email at qingping.zou@maine.edu or visit http://civil.umaine.edu/files/2013/06/qpZou.html for more information about her work.

 


HUMAN DIMENSIONS

Teresa JohnsonTeresa Johnson (Theme Co-Chair
Associate Professor-School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

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.

 

Mario TeislMario Teisl (Theme Co-Chair)
Director and Professor, School of Economics

For more information, please contact Teisl@maine.edu. For more information about his work, visit his department website http://umaine.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/teisl/ .

 

Xuan Chen
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: xuan.chen@maine.edu or at (207)581-3184. For more information about Dr. Chen’s work please visit http://umaine.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/chen/.

Keith EvansKeith Evans
School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

For more information, please contact: keith.evans@maine.edu or at 207-581-4324.

 

 

 

Caroline Noblet
Assistant Professor-School of Economics, University of Maine

Examining socio-economic factors influencing coastal communities, consumers and Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture.

For more information, please contact: caroline.noblet@maine.edu  or 207.581.3172. For more information about Dr. Noblet’s work please visit http://umaine.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/noblet/