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

DV-12-08 Preliminary sampling of sea lice on wild fish from Cobscook Bay
DV-12-13 Feasibility of genetic fingerprinting to determine scallop lineage
DV-12-16 Sea gulls as potential bioindicators of ecosystem health in the Gulf of Maine
DV-12-17 Microplastics pollution monitoring project
R-12-09 Social and economic impact assessment of catch share management in the Northeast multispecies fishery
R-12-10 The governance role of local authorities in marine spatial planning: a legal assessment of prospects and problems
A-12-04 The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: A US-Canada Science Symposium
R-12-11 Climate change adaptation and ecosystem service resilience in Northeast coastal communities
R-12-07 Decision support for the economic analysis of trade-offs in coastal and marine spatial planning for the US Northeast
R-12-05 The Seafood Links Project: Promoting sustainable seafood in Maine’s inland areas
R-12-04 Fish distribution in relation to tidal hydropower in Downeast Maine
R-12-03 Maximizing the utility and impact of the American Lobster Settlement Index database
R-12-02 General circulation and exchange between isolated regions in Casco Bay
DV-11-12 Improving spatial resolution of marine mammal behavioral observation data at Mount Desert Rock
DV-11-06 Mitigating invasive ascidian impacts on Maine's shellfish aquaculture industry
DV-11-04 Developing a nearshore predictive tool for shellfish toxicity
R-10-06 Using technology to assess the invasive sea squirt, Didemnum vexillum
R-10-07 Mitigating risk to whales from lobster fishing
R-08-04 Modeling ecosystem dynamics for American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the Gulf of Maine
R-08-02 The benefits and risks of increased spatial resolution in management of New England groundfish stocks