Lobster Institute, Sea Grant offer chats highlighting collaborative research

The University of Maine Lobster Institute, Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will partner for a series of free monthly Zoom chats featuring marine scientists, researchers and fishermen discussing collaborative efforts in the lobster industry. The webinar series, Successful Research Projects in the Lobster Industry, will feature discussions of research findings — what works and what doesn’t — and strategies for making collaborative research a priority. 

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 with Lessons from a Collaborative Trapping Experiment in Tenant’s Harbor. This chat, which will be hosted by Carl Wilson, director of the Maine DMR Bureau of Marine Science, includes panelists Sarah Cotnoir, DMR liaison to the lobster councils, and Josh Miller of the fishing vessel (F/V) Dorcas Anne of Tenant’s Harbor. 

Additional topics include A Retrospective Look at Collaborative Research in Maine, 6:30 p.m. Oct 28.; Maximizing Value by Identifying Stressors in the Supply Chain, 7 p.m. Nov. 19; and The Lobster and Jonah Crab Fleet: A Unique Partnership Between Lobstermen and Scientists, 7 p.m. Dec. 2. 

Maine Sea Grant will host the series, which will be presented with live closed captioning and recorded to ensure access for those who cannot join the Zoom chat. 

More information about the webinar series, including a Zoom link, is online. For questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Amalia Harrington, amalia.harrington@maine.edu, 207.581.1440.