Research & Program Development Projects

Maine Sea Grant supports scientific research that addresses issues of importance to Maine's coastal communities. Proposals are requested through a biennial research competition (next RFP is in 2019). We also provide project development funds for seed or pilot projects throughout the year. See the Funding page for more information.

Current Research Projects

R-18-05 From paleoceanography to policy: Applying historical coastal pH baselines from long-lived shells and skeletons to contemporary shellfish aquaculture
R-18-04 Understanding climate impacts on the Maine coastal fish and invertebrate community through synthesis of the Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl
R-18-03 The return of Maine’s kelp forests: patterns, drivers, and implications for industry
R-18-02 Reconciling multiple stakeholders in rockweed habitats: Science to help achieve the intersecting goals of a fishery and coastal wildlife
E-17-02 Large-scale culture methods for blue mussel seed production in Maine and the Northeast: experimental laboratory & field trials
E-17-01 Sustainable post-harvest processing and value-addition of cultured seaweed
DV-17-22 Bagaduce Watershed Monitoring
DV-17-21 Midcoast Maine Water Quality for Our Communities
DV-17-20 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Annual Meeting
DV-17-17 Transmission dynamics of green crab parasites on the Maine coast
DV-17-16 Measuring concentrations of brominated flame retardants in microplastic from Penobscot Bay
DV-17-13 Engaging partners to build an ecosystem-level understanding of Cobscook Bay and Western Passage
DV-17-09 Developing and assessing a method to analyze the effects of access on local ecological knowledge of commercial fishermen
DV-17-08 Testing the effectiveness of eel life cycle study methods in Downeast Maine
DV-17-01 Estimating nitrogen loads in Casco Bay, Maine
DV-17-02 Healthy and happy lobsters: maximizing profit and quality in the supply chain
DV-17-04 A comparison of farmed versus wild American eel products
DV-17-14 Medomak River Task Force Water Quality Improvement Phase II
DV-17-06 Optimizing depuration methods of the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Eastern oyster
DV-16-26 Assessing possible mercury contamination in juvenile river herring in the Penobscot Estuary