Marine Sciences

Aquaculture projects receive $1.4 million in grants from NOAA

NOAA Sea Grant announces the award of $1.4 million in grants to the University of Maine for two projects to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the United States. The National Sea Grant College Program awarded $725,365 to Heather Hamlin, Deborah Bouchard and Ian Bricknell of the Aquaculture […]

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Mook Sea Farm scientist to discuss aquaculture in changing waters

Meredith White, head of research and development at Mook Sea Farm, will give a talk at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. “Aquaculture in changing waters: How an oyster farm leverages science to prepare for environmental change” will focus on how Mook Sea Farm, […]

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Three graduate students study rockweed, ‘a system of curiosity’

Rockweed is sometimes called an “ecosystem engineer,” because its branched structure alters the surrounding environment, and creates space for other species to find shelter and food. The marine alga also is a valuable source of nutrients and other compounds with commercial purposes. In the past decade, increased harvesting has led to questions about the effects […]

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Penobscot Bay Pilot article on shrimp cites UMaine model

The Penobscot Bay Pilot article “Shrimp count remains low, depleted” mentioned a model developed by University of Maine researchers. The population of shrimp is still depleted and spawning stock biomass has been extremely low since 2013, according to the article. The 2018 stock assessment of the shrimp fishery investigated three models, with the preferred one […]

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Beal quoted in New York Times article on green crabs

The New York Times quoted Brian Beal, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine at Machias, in an article about green crabs. A Canadian variety of green crab, noted as being “highly aggressive,” poses a threat to Maine’s soft-shell clam population and to eelgrass, a habitat for other marine creatures, according to […]

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Nielsen to discuss ‘bringing ocean perspective to urban estuary’ at DMC

Karina Nielsen will talk about “Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary” at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Nielsen directs the San Francisco State University Estuary and Ocean Science Center. Her scientific research focuses on how oceanographic, climatic and anthropogenic factors influence the functioning of coastal […]

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Press Herald interviews Wahle about research on baby lobsters in deep water

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Richard Wahle, a professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and director of UMaine’s Lobster Institute, for an article about his recent research on settlement of juvenile lobsters. The American Lobster Settlement Index, a program hosted by Wahle’s lab, has monitored the number of baby lobsters that […]

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Maine Public interviews Leslie about new ocean conservation database

Maine Public interviewed Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, about a new ocean conservation database she helped create. Leslie worked with a team of researchers to design the Conservation Planning Database after realizing there was no central location to share information about ocean conservation, Maine Public reported. “This […]

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Lobster fishing

From south to north, young lobsters find cool refuge in deep water

Maine fishermen hauled in 110.8 million pounds of lobsters in 2017 with a value of more than $400 million. While still incredibly large, this volume represented a 16 percent decline and $100 million loss compared to previous years of record-setting landings. Since the late 1980s Maine’s lobster landings have multiplied six fold, while the area […]

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