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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 

NOAA Summer Spotlight on Citizen Science: Signs of the Seasons

The following story on Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program was published on the NOAA Education and Outreach Facebook page on August 9, 2016.

New publication by Maine Sea Grant researcher, Dr. Yong Chen

A new publication by Dr. Yong Chen and colleagues, "An evaluation of underlying mechanisms for 'fishing down marine food webs'" takes a closer look at a metric, mean trophic level, commonly used to evaluate fishery sustainability. This paper adds to a long list of publications by Dr. Chen addressing the emergent patterns and underlying processes involved in the management of marine resources. Check out Dr.

Investigating the viability of a soft-shell green crab industry in Maine

NOTE This blog post was written by Marissa McMahan, a graduate student at Northeastern University, working on a Sea Grant funded project to explore the potential for a soft-shell green crab seafood industry in Maine.

green crab on wet dock

Is deeper water a refuge for lobsters in a warming ocean?

NOTE: This post was written by Amalia Harrington, a graduate student in Rick Wahle’s lab at the Darling Marine Center, working on Wahle's latest Sea Grant research project

Young mariners in Maine go to camp, go to college, and go fishing

Have you heard about Maine Sea Grant’s radio show Coastal Conversations? It airs on the fourth Friday of each month at 10 AM on WERU Community Radio 89.9 FM, which broadcasts from roughly mid-coast to nearly the Canadian border. You can also access past shows online anytime here:  http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/coastalconversations.

The Case of the Missing Shad

hand holding a shad fish above water backgroundShad are the largest member of the herring family, which includes Atlantic herring, blueback herring, and alewives.

Where to eat on the [working] waterfront

Ah, summer! So short and so sweet. We go outside, into the long days, and stay outside in the warm nights. We work outside, play outside, sleep outside—and eat outside.

The Maine coast abounds with patios, decks, porches, picnic tables, and other outdoor seating. We search these places out, press ourselves against the edge of the sea, and feast on its bounty. There is no shortage of waterfront seafood restaurants.

News from Maine Sea Grant - Summer 2016

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

Where to see fish this spring

May is here, and that means the annual return of many things: flowers and birds; sunshine and garden words; foliage and flowers; fish and more fish.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 05.02.16

Volunteers monitor rockweedSigns of the Seasons Phenology Monitoring Training continues this week, with a coastal workshop on methods for monitoring seasonal changes in rockweed on Tuesday, May 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Kettle Cove State Park, Cape Elizabeth.

25+ Years of Marine Policy Fellows

You don’t have to travel far in Maine before running into former Knauss Marine Policy Fellows working at all levels of state government, in nonprofit organizations, industry associations, and other organizations serving Maine’s coastal ecosystems and communities.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 04.25.16

On Monday, April 25, Dana Morse hosts a discussion on Maine Farm Service Agency and University of Maine Cooperative Extension financing and crop protection programs that may be of interest to shellfish aquaculture producers, at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast at 5.30 p.m. 

UMaine students host “ocean conservation week” with a Gulf of Maine focus

by Chase Brunton

The Marine Sciences Club at the University of Maine in Orono has designated this week (April 18-22) “Ocean Conservation Week.” The event is an effort to spread awareness of marine issues and show how people can act in support of the world’s oceans.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 04.17.16

The Marine Sciences Club at the University of Maine has designated this week (April 17-21) “Ocean Conservation Week”. The event is an effort to spread awareness of marine issues and show how people can act in support of the world’s oceans. Visit club members at their table in the Memorial Union, where they will be sharing information and advice on topics like pollution, aquaculture, and local seafood.

The Secret Life of Eels

magazine article cover with juvenile eel photo by Heather PerryIt's elver season in Maine. Funnel-shaped fyke nets have appeared in coastal rivers and streams; we've seen them in the Medomak, the Union, and Northeast Creek.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 04.10.16

Wednesday, April 13, marine extension associate Keri Kaczor presents about work with the Maine Healthy Beaches Program at the U.S. EPA Recreational Waters Conference in New Orleans, LA. Her talk is titled, Digging in: understanding the causes, impacts, and how best to address excessive seaweed accumulation on Maine's coastal beaches."  

Maine Sea Grant This week - 03.28.16

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.

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