Maine Sea Grant This week - 03.28.16

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:39

Participants in the 2016 Aquaculture in Shared Waters class make a visit to the Heal Eddy clam farm in Georgetown on Monday.

Dana Morse talks about Damariscotta River oyster harvesting on Monday, March 28 at 3 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Rd., Newcastle.

Natalie Springuel joins Chris Peterson as an instructor in “Fisheries, Fishermen & Fishing Communities,” a College of the Atlantic course that begins this week. Students will learn about the history, science, and culture of Maine’s marine fisheries through readings, lecture, and guest presentations. Field trips will supplement the classroom curriculum: Frenchman Bay seaweed farms, Cobscook Bay fishing communities, and Cranberry Isles Lobster Cooperative, and events like the Penobscot Watershed Conference and Downeast Smelt Fry.

Tuesday in Augusta, the day-long Maine Sustainability & Water Conference includes several sessions of particular interest, including a session on Climate, Water + Health in the morning. In the afternoon, Keri Kaczor and Jeffrey D. Walker of Walker Environmental Research present “Informing Beach Advisories: Using Data Visualization Techniques to Explore and Better Understand the Maine Healthy Beaches Dataset.” There is a Stream Connectivity Resource Workshop in the afternoon, and a session on collaborative water research and monitoring in Acadia National Park.

Tune in to WERU-FM Community Radio on Thursday at 10 a.m. for Coastal Conversations. In anticipation of the 2016 Penobscot Watershed Conference on April 9th in Northport, we will talk about the past, present, and future significance of this vast watershed. The show was rescheduled from last week due to Friday’s ice storm.

Brianne Suldovsky defends her dissertation research, “Communicating Who Knows What in Sustainability Science: Investigating the Role of Epistemology in Science Communication and Engagement” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Suldovsky received partial support from Sea Grant for her work on the Seafood Links research project.

The Frenchman Bay Partners are hosting an educational meeting to learn about the biology, ecology, and harvesting of rockweed on Saturday, April 2 at 9 a.m. at the Sullivan/Sorrento Rec Center.

The next upcoming training for Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Monitoring Program for citizen scientists is April 7 at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Additional training opportunities are scheduled throughout the spring.

Maine Farm Service Agency and University of Maine Cooperative Extension are offering a new workshop on crop insurance and financing programs for shellfish growers on Monday, April 25 in Belfast.