Marine Extension Associate Keri Kaczor participates in the New England Sustainability Consortium's Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project (NEST), working with a team of researchers across Maine and New Hampshire colleges and universities.
We are happy to report that we will be starting a class in early 2016, thanks to funding by NOAA's National Sea Grant Program.
November, 2015 UPDATE:
Seaweed Scene 2015 was held as part of the second Maine Seaweed Festival on the waterfront campus of the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, ME, on August 29. Year 4 of the “Seaweed Scene” meetings, “Seaweed Scene 2015” continued the tradition by reviewing the progress and challenges, sea farmers and products, and lessons learned from the most recent seaweed culture season in Maine and Long Island Sound. Special guests from Canada also shared their progress in the development of seaweed aquaculture in the province of Quebec.
The "Seaweed Scene 2014" was held on the beautiful oceanfront campus of the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, ME, on August 30th. The morning meeting reviewed the latest from the new seaweed farmers and researchers in Maine and Long Island Sound.
Fishermen and women, by virtue of spending much of their time on the water with hooks, lines, traps, and nets, have intimate knowledge of coastal, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. They know, in detail, the local distribution, abundance, and behavior of the species they harvest, knowledge gained from years of first-hand observations and experimentation with different fishing techniques.
In 2013, Sea Grant and NOAA sponsored a research exchange between the United States and South Korea's National Fisheries Research and Development Institute. The goal was to learn about the culture of sea cucumbers and sargassum, a type of macroalgae or seaweed, in Korea and how the technology might be transferred to the northeastern United States. Below are the final reports resulting from the exchange.
Esperanza Stancioff is part of a team of NOAA and Sea Grant representatives targeting local municipal officials in the North Atlantic region to provide them with real-world examples from other towns and counties’ efforts to increase resilience to hazards, including sea-level rise, inundation, flooding, and storm surge. Four towns in each state from Maine to Virginia have been interviewed about adaptation actions, results, and costs. The project is funded by a NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team and Sea Grant Collaboration Grant, 2011-2013.
Marine Extension Team members are positioned to assist Maine’s fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders as they begin exploring issues related to ocean acidification and other climate-related changes in Maine's coastal waters, including participation in the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network.