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Northeastern Coastal Station Alliance...small field stations, unite!

From the tip of Cape Cod to Isles of Shoals to Bon Portage Island in Nova Scotia biological and marine science field stations dot the coast of the Gulf of Maine. These may be weather-beaten seasonal rustic facilities, state-of-the-art, or something in between but all are dedicated to understanding our little patch of the Earth and the rapid change it is experiencing.

Hatchery Season

crews turning oyster cages on the water in snowHere in early March in Maine, we are starting to get a bit of respite from the long nights, short days and bitter winds of winter. The sun shines more directly, puddles form in driveways and along the roadsides, and the voices of streams can be heard as the snowmelt begins. You may even have some greenery sprouting up on the windowsill, in a peat pot or paper cup. Things are happening.

Aquaculture in Shared Waters 2017

aqsw 2017 blog cover photoToday, Maine’s aquaculture industry includes many fishermen who are using aquaculture to diversify their incomes.  There’s a lot to know however, when entering the aquaculture industry, and since 2013, the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program has provided training, technical support and networking for commercial fishermen and members of fishing families who are interested in diversifying their incomes.  The course is offered by University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the 2017 class is forming now, to be held in Ellsworth.

2017 Calendar: Sea-Run Fishes of Maine

cover and pages of fish calendarMaine Sea Grant's biennial wall calendars are here!

News from Maine Sea Grant | Winter 2017

 

In Memoriam

All of us at Maine Sea Grant are mourning the loss of several members of Maine’s environmental science community. Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield, who helped guide our programming through his participation on our Policy Advisory Committee, passed away in December. We also will miss Bill Townsend, a longtime advocate for clean water and protector of Maine rivers; Brian Robinson, Sea Grant researcher and archaeologist who helped expand our understanding of the human history of the coastal landscape; and Gordon Hamilton, a researcher with the UMaine Climate Change Institute. Our condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.

Celebrating 100 Years of Acadia National Park

acadia centennial official logoWith the turn of the year, we've been reflecting back on the centennial of Acadia National Park and the National Park Service.

Collaborating with New Hampshire on engagement

As the Sea Grant extension associate who covers Maine’s deep south, I collaborate routinely with my partners on the other side of the border – New Hampshire. One such partnership is with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Community Development specialists.

Radio stories featured in Acadia National Park's 100-year time capsule

Two-thousand sixteen marked the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park and America’s National Park System.

Scallop survey in a tube: Skylar Bayer is developing a molecular technique to detect scallop spawning events in the field

NOTE: This blog was written by Skylar Bayer, a graduate student at the University of Maine, working on a Sea Grant-funded project with Dr. Rick Wahle of University of Maine, and Dr. Pete Countway of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

New England’s Seasonal Changes are Changing

gold and orange oak treesThis year’s foliage was the most stunning and prolonged display of color in recent memory, a vibrant progression of crimson, orange, gold, and russet that went on for weeks and weeks. While the drought certainly had something to do with it, warming temperatures are also responsible for later peaks in fall foliage.

The Knowledge of Native Peoples

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize “the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States.” On Thanksgiving, we come together in shared humanity and celebration of the lands and waters that sustain us. The original residents of the continent accommodated European colonists, shared their knowledge of where to find food and shelter. They ate together—Homo sapiens trying to survive in the same landscape.

Using remotely operated vehicles to characterize habitat at a large scale

 Our Director for Research, Dr. Damian Brady published a paper along with Dr. Robert Steneck and former graduate student, Jennifer McHenry (lead author) titled, Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of near-shore benthic assemblages: Implications for marine spatial planning. In this paper researchers identified important habitat variables and spatial gradients that correlate with abundance, diversity, and commercial value of species assemblages in the Gulf of Maine using a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV).

Studying a restored Penobscot River

Between the head of tide above Bangor to where it widens into the bay at Searsport, the Penobscot River shifts from a flowing freshwater waterway banked by cedar and pine to a brackish, wave-lapped marsh with a rocky shoreline. In this estuary, salt concentrations fluctuate as the winds and tides push sea water and sediments back and forth. 

The Value of Diverse Types of Knowledge

This year I had the privilege to travel to the Netherlands as part of my sabbatical research on the topic of stakeholder engagement in community planning for flood defense. The process included interviews with 15 Dutch practitioners from all levels of government, as well as private contractors, community groups and non-profit organizations. The result was 23 hours of audio recordings for me to work through in search of common themes.

Spying on salmon: Graduate student uses surveillance cameras to observe ecological interactions in a changing climate

NOTE: This blog was written by Nicole Ramberg-Pihl, a graduate student at the University of Maine, working on a S

Recent publication on larval lobster in a changing Gulf of Maine

Effects of temperature and ocean acidification on larval lobster development – UMaine graduate student, Jesica Waller, along with Dr. Rick Wahle and colleagues published a paper on the joint effects of ocean acidification and rising temperature on larval lobster development. Their results suggest that elevated temperatures associated with projected end-century warming trends cause larvae to develop faster but also induce physiological stress, leading to increased mortality rates.

A student “from away”: A native Kansan’s perspective on field research and becoming a Mainer

NOTE: This blog was written by Jacque Miller, a graduate student at the University of Maine, working on a Sea Grant-funded project with Dr. Alice Kelley

Experience the Rare Wonder of Maine’s Reversing Falls

Along the coast of Maine are places where, twice each day, rivers flow backwards and then forwards in an everchanging diorama of freshwater, saltwater, rollocking rapids and tranquil calms. These are the eight “tidal” or “reversing” falls, found where rivers and bays make a narrow passage to meet the sea.

Kelps in Hot Water: How are seaweeds responding to a rapidly warming Gulf of Maine?

NOTE: This blog was written by Thew Suskiewicz, a graduate student at Université Laval in Quebec working on a Sea Grant funded project with Dr. Robert Steneck 

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