The pathobiology and disease ecology of aquatic pathogens in Maine

Aquaculture remains the fastest-growing agricultural sector and has seen an annual growth rate grow of 4% to 7% year on year over the last decade. If Maine aquaculture is to remain economically viable, the industry must stay at the forefront of aquatic animal health and develop an improved understanding of the ecology and control of […]

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Seafood science

Improved hatchery and grow-out methods for Maine’s shellfish culture industry

The shellfish culture industry in Maine has seen steady growth since its inception 30 years ago. During this time, industry growth had been primarily fueled by the increased production of blue mussels and eastern oysters. Recent disease outbreaks and increases in the abundance and distribution of pathogens and other pest species, however, have highlighted how […]

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lab work

Contaminant effects on Maine finfish

Arsenic contamination of watersheds is particularly problematic in Maine with its high levels of arsenic in underlying bedrock that contaminate groundwater at levels that often exceed EPA allowable safe limits (10 ppb). Relatively little, however, is known about the effects of arsenic at these low levels of exposure. Fish may be particularly vulnerable as they […]

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lobster boat

Developing value-added products for the lobster industry

Lobster is the icon for Maine. In fact, over 70% of the lobsters landed in the U.S. are landed in Maine, and the only lobster-processing facilities in the U.S. are in Maine. There are nearly 6,000 lobster licenses issued in Maine each year, with about 4,300 commercially active. While the lobster fishery in Maine has […]

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Wheeler lab

In vivo innate immune responses to fungal infection

Fisheries and aquaculture industries are important to the economic health of Maine, yet we still understand little about how the fish immune system fights disease. Mycosis is an important problem in the wild and in aquaculture, and greater understanding of the immune response to fungal infection will contribute to our ability to control fungal pathogens […]

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fishermen's coop sign

The American lobster settlement index

Lobsters are the single most valuable fishery in the state of Maine, and among the top two fisheries in New England and Atlantic Canada. The American Lobster Settlement Index (ALSI) has been a long-standing indicator of the health of the lobster resource and is now entering a new phase of expansion. Over the years, analyses […]

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Carol Kim

Characterization of Innate Immune Function in the Fish

As the fisheries and aquaculture industries continue to expand in the state of Maine and worldwide, the need for new disease control methods and diagnostic tests will increase dramatically. Through the studies outlined in this proposal, we hope to better understand and potentiate the innate immune response, which is the first line of host defense […]

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