Marine Sciences

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Fifth cohort of MIRTA accelerator teams wraps up work

Four faculty-led teams pursuing commercialization of research projects are ready for the next steps in that journey having completed the University of Maine’s 2022 MIRTA accelerator program. The teams presented their projects at a Demo Day event earlier this month, marking the conclusion of this year’s program. The 2022 MIRTA teams, the fifth cohort to […]

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Beal interviewed by Boston Globe about New England’s soft-shell clam industry

Brian Beal, cooperating research professor of marine ecology and research director of the Downeast Institute, spoke to the Boston Globe about the soft-shell clam industry in New England. The Boston Globe reported that clams have been disappearing in recent years, and Maine’s $18.2 million soft-shell clam industry is tanking. “We’re at a point where there’s […]

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Robidoux interviewed by WNYC Studios about seaweed in cattle feed

Jaclyn Robidoux, Maine Sea Grant marine extension associate at the University of Maine, was featured on WNYC Studios’ program The Takeaway discussing the benefits of adding seaweed to cattle feed. A particular red algae strain of seaweed called asparagopsis has also been added to cattle feed with surprising results, and may be able to reduce […]

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Brawley interviewed by Salon about sea moss gel

Salon spoke to Susan Brawley, professor at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, about sea moss, which has been trending on social media apps like TikTok for its purported health benefits. Brawley told Salon that sea moss is a type of red algae. Also known as “Irish moss,” or more technically Chondrus crispus, […]

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MIRTA accelerator projects to be showcased June 14 at Foster Center for Innovation

Four faculty-led research projects being developed for commercialization will be showcased by the fifth cohort of University of Maine MIRTA accelerator teams from 5–7 p.m. June 14 at UMaine’s Foster Center for Innovation. The participating teams that will pitch their projects and provide updates on their plans for commercialization: Future Fish Tags: A tag dart […]

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Baltimore Fishbowl, What’s Up magazine cite seal DNA given to UMaine

The Baltimore Fishbowl and What’s Up magazine reported on a grey seal named Louis Armstrong that was released at Assateague Island National Seashore on June 3 after rehabilitation at the National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore. The article noted that a DNA sample from Louis was shared with the researchers at the […]

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AP reports UMaine Beaches Conference to return after three year hiatus

The Associated Press reported that the 13th biennial Beaches Conference, which is hosted by the Maine and New Hampshire Sea Grant and focuses on the health of the Maine and New Hampshire coasts, is scheduled for June 10 at Berwick Academy in Maine after a three-year hiatus. UMaine officials said the conference themes this year […]

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Beaches Conference returns June 10  

The 13th biennial Beaches Conference will take place on Friday, June 10 at Berwick Academy. Returning after a three-year hiatus, this event brings together residents; beach monitors; artists; scientists; students; local, state and federal agencies; youth; and anyone else who cares about the beaches and coasts to discuss the latest science, arts and culture, management […]

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Media report on UMaine research using lobster boat data to map fishing efforts

NBC 10 Boston, the Bangor Daily News, Mainebiz and the Mount Desert Islander reported that University of Maine is leading an innovative new research project to collaborate with Maine’s lobster industry to explore the potential to use data owned by commercial lobstermen to map fishing efforts.  Kate Beard-Tisdale, a professor in the School of Computing […]

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