Maine Sea Grant This Week - 03.24.16

On Tuesday, March 22, Sarah Redmond presents “Seeing Seaweed: How Aquaculture Is Changing the Way We Look at Both Seaweed and Aquaculture" at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Belfast Garden Club’s Evening Lecture Series at the Belfast Free Library.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 03.17.16

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.

Can satellite data inform siting of shellfish farms?

This post was written by Jordan Snyder, a graduate student in Damian Brady's lab at the Darling Marine Center. This project is funded by NOAA Sea Grant's National Strategic Initiative in Aquaculture.

Maine Sea Grant This Week - 03.10.16

Join us our year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of the National Sea Grant College Program!

Maine Sea Grant This Week - March 1

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:

Maine Sea Grant This Week

This is the first in a series of weekly updates of news, events, and important deadlines for what is shaping up to be a busy Spring. 


Registration has opened for the Penobscot Watershed Conference scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the Point Lookout Resort in Northport, Maine.

Fishermen, others learning the aquaculture ropes in Thomaston, Maine

The fourth class of the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program is underway in Thomaston, Maine. The class of 30 students, including a number of commercial fishermen, meets weekly to learn about the business of aquaculture.

Of what value is a gull? by John Anderson

by Natalie Springuel

Sea Grant alumni working on national marine policy as 2016 Knauss fellows

Two UMaine graduates are working on national marine policy issues as Dean John A. Knauss Fellows. While their placements have just begun, we checked in with Karen Pianka and Noah Oppenheim to see how things were going so far.

Their answer?

“It’s been a whirlwind.”

Exploring the management of soft-shell clams in Maine

by Elisabeth A. Maxwell

Before I ever thought of attending the University of Maine, I knew about the iconic New England Clam Chowder. It was a menu item that seemed a staple for any seafood restaurant, regardless of which coastline I visited. Back then, I never would have thought that one day I would be learning about the management system that makes the famous clam chowder possible.

Sea Grant scholar to study lobster fishing

The Maine Sea Grant Scholar Program supports graduate students in the Marine Science/Marine Policy dual-degree program at the University of Maine. We've asked scholars to provide periodic updates on their work. Here's a report from one of our new students, Mackenzie Mazur, who is working with Teresa Johnson and Yong Chen.

Holiday Seafood Traditions, Part 1: Fall-Winter

The December broadcast of Coastal Conversations on WERU-FM will be all about Maine’s winter holiday seafood traditions, past and present.

As part of our research, we rode the ferry out to Islesboro to visit with food historian Sandy Oliver. It seemed appropriate to sit in her kitchen, an open space dominated by an Atlantic wood-burning cookstove.

Calling all anglers and students! New Study of Freshwater Fish and Angling on Mount Desert Island Needs You!

Freshwater fishing on Mount Desert Island is a tradition that predates the creation of Acadia National Park and continues to this day.

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island Historical Society, and Maine Sea Grant are working together to document the history of Mount Desert Island’s freshwater and diadromous fish populations.

News from Maine Sea Grant | Fall 2015


Vote for us! The animated video, “A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up” by Maine-based O’Chang Studios is in the running for a Vizzie Award from the National Science Foundation’s Vizualization Challenge! Public voting for the People’s Choice Award begins in November; watch our social media pages for links.

The View from Mount Desert Rock







Twenty-five miles due south of Acadia National Park stands the most remote lighthouse in Maine. Established in 1830, the Mount Desert Rock Light is now part of College of the Atlantic’s Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station.

Seaweed Accumulation on Maine’s Coastal Beaches

Maine Oyster Trail 2015 Spring Update

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Maine's Climate Future: The Animated Edition

We are excited to announce the release of what we hope will be the first in a series of animated videos about climate change in the Gulf of Maine, informed by our work on the Maine's Climate Future project. Produced in partnership with Maine-based O'Chang Studios, "The Lobster Pot Heats Up" illustrates how climate change affects lobster and the lobster industry. 

On Capturing Remarkable Stories in Downeast Maine

On the surface, there is nothing particularly unique about the interview process. One person asks questions; the other answers. It is an age-old way of collecting stories.

But when you bring a recorder into the process, the dynamic changes. It can be subtle, a shift in emphasis, an awareness of the technology, perhaps even awkward silences. A recorder can trigger self-consciousness because it signals to the interviewee that what they have to say is important.

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