Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 15:04

Registration is open for the 2016 Maine Sea Grant Research Symposium: Research in a Time of Rapid Change, featuring presentations about our new research projects:

Members of the Marine Extension Team and Sea Grant researchers will be presenting at the 41st Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 3-5 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

  • Dana Morse will present a perspective on municipal shellfish aquaculture on Thursday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. Dana will be back to talk about scallop and oyster culture at several sessions on Saturday. At 1:15 p.m., Dr. Brian Beal of University of Maine at Machias will present results of clam resource assessments and studies.
  • On Friday, Dr. Richard Wahle of the University of Maine will present an update on the American Lobster Settlement Index and his new Sea Grant-funded project to expand the survey to deeper water. Also on Friday, NOAA will release the implementation plan for the Penobscot River Watershed Habitat Focus Area. Sea Grant’s Communications Director Catherine Schmitt is working on this habitat restoration “blueprint” with NOAA and The Nature Conservancy.
  • On Saturday, Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate based at College of the Atlantic, will share her fisheries tourism expertise as part of a panel discussion on how Maine fishing families can diversify their income.
  • Saturday afternoon, Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson moderates a session on ocean acidification and other climate change-related impacts on Maine fish and shellfish. New research of the effects of increasing acidity on the American lobster will be presented by Daniel Small of St. Francis Xavier University. There will also be updates from aquaculture businesses, the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network, and State of Maine policy efforts.