Marine Sciences

AP, Press Herald report on collaborative lobster conservation research

The Portland Press Herald and Associated Press reported on a recently published study that found conservation practices employed in the Gulf of Maine have allowed the lobster fisheries of northern New England to thrive during a time of increased ocean warming, while fisheries in southern New England have declined drastically. The study included researchers from […]

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Media outlets share UMaine aquaculture research

World Fishing & Aquaculture and Undercurrent News carried portions of a media release from Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. The stories indicated that research conducted by UMaine assistant professor of economics Caroline Noblet and assistant professor of risk communication Laura Rickard found that strategic outreach and consumer education could lead to a growth […]

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Sea Grant information cited in Courier-Gazette seaweed story

Maine Sea Grant was cited in a Courier-Gazette story about a seaweed conference and fair being planned for this summer in Rockland. “Maine has a unique opportunity to develop a sea vegetable aquaculture industry, with its cold, clean waters, extensive coastline, and existing fishery and aquaculture industries and infrastructure. Interest in sea vegetable farming is […]

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Ellsworth American reports on damaged oceanographic buoy

An Ellsworth American story indicated an oceanographic buoy that a team of scientists at the University of Maine designed, built and deployed in the Gulf of Maine was reported damaged. The buoy gathers and transmits data about ocean temperatures, currents and salinity levels, as well as air temperature, wind speed and direction and the height […]

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Noblet: Consumer education key for growth of aquaculture in U.S.

Over the last several decades, aquaculture has been expanding throughout the world. Still, many Americans know very little about the industry and its progress has been sluggish. But, the tide could be changing as new research from the University of Maine indicates the industry is poised for growth through strategic outreach and consumer education. Aquaculture, […]

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Aquaculture toolkit

Youth invited to explore ocean with EPSCoR, UMaine Extension toolkit

Got twine? How about clothespins? Glue sticks? Coffee filters? Cotton balls? University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H and Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine do. They’ve also got dried seaweed, globes, kickballs and fish puzzles. They’ve packed these and other items in toolkits​ — called Exploring Marine Science and Aquaculture (Grades K–2) — that […]

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Authors of ‘Caught’ to share fishing tales Nov. 14 at DMC

The authors of “Caught. Time. Place. Fish.” will sign books and share stories at noon Nov. 14 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. A collaboration between fisherman Glen Libby and photographer Antonia Small, “Caught” is an account of the beauty, fragility and profound change that characterizes fishing, fishing […]

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Nayak, Beal aim to bolster seaweed, blue mussel production

Editor’s note: story updated Nov. 3 Aquaculture companies in Maine are at the forefront of efforts to culture high-quality seafood products. While the industry has grown in the last five years, those seeking to further expand face serious challenges. Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome […]

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Forecaster covers Strong’s talk about ocean acidification

The Forecaster reported on Aaron Strong’s talk — “Ocean Acidification: Will lobsters and clams disappear?” — for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Strong, an assistant professor of marine policy, told attendees the Gulf of Maine is warming and becoming more acidic, both of which have repercussions. He said local communities can help protect water quality […]

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