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Maine fishermen: adapting in a sea of change

ORONO, Maine — Increasing environmental uncertainty coupled with rapidly changing market conditions in the Gulf of Maine raise important questions about the ability of Maine’s commercial fishermen to adapt. How resilient is the industry to these shifting waters? Who is best positioned to adapt and who is most vulnerable? “We have started to explore these […]

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UMaine Lake Monitoring Project Bolstered with NSF Funding

ORONO, MAINE – The National Science Foundation has awarded a one-year, $100,000 grant for continuing a University of Maine citizen-science project aimed at protecting lake water quality in the state. The NSF grant will help extend the project, which began in 2015 with funding from UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, into […]

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Integrating Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management and Co-Management

University of Maine Darling Marine Center | Walpole, Maine | September 27-28, 2017 A workshop co-organized by Joshua Stoll, Assistant Research Professor, School of Marine Sciences, and Heather Leslie, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences and Director, Darling Marine Center. Connecting critical concepts in marine conservation and management Ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) has been widely touted as the future […]

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Mitchell Center to Convene Working Group on Legislative Act to Address Hunger

Food waste presents a significant sustainability challenge across the United States (40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted), but particularly in Maine where many are food insecure (In 2016 more than 200,000 Mainers were food insecure, including 60,000 children). Working to prevent food waste provides opportunities to address multiple sustainability challenges […]

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UMaine, COA Seek Sweet Spot

A $500,000 grant to study small- and medium-scale honey and maple syrup production in Maine is awarded to College of the Atlantic and the University of Maine by the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant creates opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their research skills as part of a Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative (SFSRC). […]

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UMaine researchers to unveil wild bee habitat assessment tool July 19

University of Maine researchers have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. They will debut and demonstrate the computer-based tool on Wednesday, July 19 at the UMaine Cooperative Extension annual Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day at Blueberry Hill […]

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Home Work

Good to his word, Aaron Strong returned to Maine to tackle sustainability challenges After completing his Ph.D. in environment and resources at Stanford with an eye trained on the human dimensions of sustainability challenges, Aaron Strong, the son of two Bates College professors and now a UMaine School of Marine Sciences assistant professor of marine […]

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Focused on Food Waste

Brie Berry extends her reuse work to food redistribution In the spring 2017 semester, Ph.D. student Brie Berry began work on a research project focused on food waste and food insecurity in Maine, in partnership with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Mitchell Center. Food insecurity is defined as “being without reliable access […]

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