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January 25 – 31, 2023

BOEM Announces Draft Call Area and Informational Meetings About Gulf of Maine 

BOEM has published a Draft Call Area for the commercial offshore wind leasing process in the Gulf of Maine. It is available on its agency website here.

BOEM has also announced the following information sharing opportunities related to the Draft Call, as follows:

  • January 19, 2023, 5-8 pm – Maine In-Person meeting (Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine)
  • January 25, 2023, 4-5 pm – Shipping and Commercial Maritime
  • January 27, 2023, 10 am – 12 pm – Maine Fisheries Virtual (Fixed Gear Focus)
  • January 30, 2023, 10 am – 12 pm – Fisheries Virtual (Mobile Gear)
  • January 30, 2023, 2-4 pm – Fisheries Virtual (Recreational and HMS)
  • January 31, 2023, 10 am-12 pm Environmental Non-governmental Organizations Virtual
  • January 31, 2023, 5-7 pm – Fisheries Virtual (MA and NH Fixed Gear)

Please see the BOEM Gulf of Maine website for meeting registration and agendas.

February 3 – 4, 2023 

The Lobster Institute’s U.S. – Canada Lobster Town Meeting, Portland, Maine

  • To learn more about the event, how to register, and secure lodging, contact Chris Cash at: christina.cash@maine.edu or (207) 581-1443.  Space is extremely limited.

February 6 – 8, 2023

Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative: Regional Lobster Research and Outreach Summit, Portland, Maine

March 2 – 4, 2023

Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Rockport, Maine

Use this link to learn more about the forum.  For more information, contact Chilloa Young at (207) 442-7700.

March 23 – 26, 2023

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Annual Weekend & Industry Trade Show, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Use this link to learn more or contact Beth Casoni at:  beth.casoni@lobstermen.com or call 781-545-6984 xt. 1

Funding Opportunities

NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Geosciences when responding to this solicitation, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-Directorate team of NSF Program Directors.

Arctic temperatures are warming faster than nearly everywhere else on Earth, with some models projecting that continued warming could produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean in a few decades. The 6th Assessment Report from Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted the consequences of this warming, including the loss of mass from the Greenland Ice Sheet, lengthening fire seasons, increasing extreme heat events, thinning and loss of Arctic sea ice, threat of ocean acidification, and reductions in spring snow cover. The rapid and wide-scale changes occurring in response to this warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural environments; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Gaps in scientific observations and the prevalence of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic make it challenging to predict the region’s future. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic requires creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic.

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) embodies an important forward-looking response by the Foundation to these profound challenges. NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections among natural and built environments and social systems, and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.

This solicitation requests proposals that fall within one of three tracks: NNA Incubator Grants, dedicated to developing convergent teams to carry out research projects of larger scope in the future; NNA Research Grants, aimed to support creative projects on fundamental research that address convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic; and NNA Collaboratory Grants, designed to support collaborative teams undertaking research and training initiatives addressing grand challenges related to the rapidly changing New Arctic.

Deadline Date
February 8, 2023

Review full program guidelines and learn how to submit a proposal in the latest solicitation.

Graduate Research Assistant on Northeast Sea Grant project:

Can proprietary commercial lobstering data be used to inform offshore wind development?

UMaine’s School of Computing and Information Science seeks a Master’s level graduate research assistant to aid in conducting research on constructing map representations from commercial lobster boat plotter/navigation systems. The objective of the project is to evaluate the feasibility of integrating proprietary data from individual fishermen’s commercial marine Personal Computer (PC)-based navigation plotters into aggregate mapping products that: 1) represent examples of fine-scale spatial and temporal coverage of the Maine lobster fishery, and 2) respect the confidentiality of individual data holdings.

The work will involve working directly with project partners from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, UMaine’s School of Computing and Information Science, and the Lobster Institute. The Research Assistant should therefore be comfortable communicating and interacting with an interdisciplinary team and with lobster fishermen.

The Research Assistant, in collaboration with project team members, will be responsible for:

  • Working with lobstermen through the Fishermen’s Knowledge Trust (FKT) to inventory data collection platforms used by lobster fishermen fishing in federal waters and to collect sample data from a set of fishermen
  • Working with the FKT to set up a database to manage collected data
  • Developing and testing software to parse and aggregate sample data
  • Conducting GIS and statistical analysis as needed to develop data products

A Masters level student in Spatial Informatics, Computer Science, Data Science, or Marine Science with:

  • programming proficiency, ideally familiar with R or Python
  • familiarity with GIS analysis and software (commercial (e.g. ArcGIS) or open source (e.g QGIS)
  • familiarity with relational and spatial databases
  • familiar with electronic navigation/ charting systems
  • familiarity with lobster fishing practices a plus
The project will provide tuition, stipend, and student health insurance for one year with a potential second year depending on federal approval of project continuation and acceptable performance on the

Dr. Kate Beard-Tisdale
School of Computing and Information Science
University of Maine, Orono

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