Economic Development


Reading the genetic signature of the sea scallop

Scallops are one of the most profitable fisheries in Maine, with a statewide value of nearly $7 million in 2016. The scallop fishery is also one of the most local, with small “day boats” staying close to shore. Landings (and populations) have fluctuated over the years, with the latest peaks in the mid-1980s and 1990s. […]

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UMaine mentioned in BDN editorial on mass timber

The University of Maine was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News editorial, “Maine should help give mass timber mass appeal.” The editorial argues the state could benefit greatly from turning the lumber from Maine woods into a variety of new products. Using any of the state’s vacant industrial spaces to manufacture mass timber products could […]

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UMaine receives federal funds for timber commercialization center, media report

The Portland Press Herald, The Associated Press and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine will receive a $454,532 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center. The center will help forest industry partners, trade organization, construction firms, architects and other stakeholders revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy by […]

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Educators at seaweed bootcamp

Educators take part in seaweed boot camp hosted by Maine EPSCoR

In August, educators from throughout Maine and across the eastern seaboard joined aquaculture researchers and industry partners for a three-day seaweed boot camp hosted by Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine, in partnership with Ocean’s Balance and the Aquaculture Research Institute. The workshop’s innovative model was built to allow participants the opportunity to learn […]

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FBRI mentioned in Biofuels Digest report on adding value to forest industry

The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute was included in the Biofuels Digest article, “Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps.” Last September, the Defense Logistics Agency announced it will invest $3.3 million to advance wood to jet fuel technology at the Technology Research Center of FBRI. The technology […]

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