The purpose of this study was to review the effectiveness of a variety of commercial and homemade radar reflectors in increasing the visibility of sea kayaks on radar. It is intended that the results of this study will 1) raise awareness about the efficacy of radar reflectors on sea kayaks; 2) provide all users of our coastal waters with knowledge to reduce the risk of radar-equipped vessels colliding with sea kayaks; and 3) begin a dialog between motor-/sail- vessel operators and sea kayakers along the coast of Maine.
Knotless Codend Mesh Sensitivity | Photo Gallery |Video Gallery
(excerpt from the project report Sea Trials to Assess Knotless Codend Mesh Selectivity, 2003) ...The selective properties of knotless twine are of interest to fishermen, scientists and resource managers. Since knotless webbing may hold its shape more evenly, and since there are no knots to obstruct escapement, such twine may allow better escapement of flatfish such as American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides), winter flounder (Pleuronectes americanus) and grey sole (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus).
Scale Modeling of a Submersible Raft | Photo Gallery |Video Gallery
Fisherman Babe Stanley and his son Shain have been working on a novel piece of equipment, a submersible mussel raft, to pursue their interests in growing mussels in Downeast Maine. Extension Associate Dana Morse helped by obtaining funding from Maine Sea Grant to do some scale modeling of the proposed system. John Riley of the University of Maine directed the modeling work, which was performed in conjunction with Roger Fleming of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), who represents several residents of the Sullivan area.
Field Trials of 4" Rings in the Inshore Scallop Fishery | Photo Gallery |Video Gallery
Scallop drag selectivity has been of interest to fishermen and scientists working in Maine's sea scallop fishery, and in late 2003, a collaborative project was undertaken to look at the effects of ring size on selectivity. Capt. Steven Patryn teamed up with Extension Associate Dana Morse to evaluate the effects of rigging a drag with 4" rings, compared to the regulated size of 3.5". Robert Holland participated with his boat, captained by Larry White. The Northeast Consortium funded the study.