Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:01

Maine Sea Grant joins the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Aquaculture Association, and Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center to host an Aquaculture Co-op Exploration Workshop on the afternoon of March 15th at the Darling Marine Center. On Thursday, the Aquaculture in Shared Waters course continues in Thomaston.

Bowdoin College hosts the 45th Benthic Ecology Meeting in Portland, Maine, March 16-18. Sea Grant is co-sponsoring the meeting with the UMaine Darling Marine Center and School of Marine Sciences. Sea Grant-associated presentions include Hurricane Island’s Caitlin Cleaver, “Effect of small-scale closed areas on scallop populations in Maine,” research supported by the Broadreach Fund, Penobscot East Resource Center, and Sea Grant. Research coordinator Rachel-Lasley Rasher presents “Food web dynamics of crustacean prey and fish predators in the Penobscot Estuary,” on Thursday, and on Saturday, Sea Grant researcher Richard Wahle presents on “Predicting the future of the American lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England.”

The Maine Science Festival kicks off on March 18. Maine Sea Grant will have a display table at the festival all weekend. On Saturday, March 19, Communications Director Catherine Schmitt participates in two separate panels, both at the Bangor Public Library: Maine’s River Fisheries  at 11 a.m. and Science in Acadia at 1 p.m. On Sunday at noon, Maine Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson moderates a panel on Aquaculture: Farming the Gulf. There's so much more going on as part of the festival, including a presentation by Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise and founder of