The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three University of Maine graduates who will spend the next year working in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.
The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three University of Maine graduates.
Skylar Bayer, Kevin Staples and Mattie Rodrigue join 54 fellow graduates nationwide who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.
Are you going to this year's Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 1-3, at the Samoset in Rockland, Maine? Then look for the Airstream parked out front and plan to step aboard and be interviewed! Every Forum attendee is welcome to hop on The First Coast's Airstream mobile recording studio to participate in oral history interviews conducted by students and professionals, all three days of the Forum (10 AM to 10 PM).
Guest blog by Catherine Frederick, a Ph.D. candidate in marine biological resources at the University of Maine.
Sea lice are a group of marine parasitic copepods with “direct” life cycles, meaning the parasite requires only one host for successful reproduction. The specific host varies by species, but none infect or are harmful to humans. So, what is their relevance and why do we care about their ecology?
First person stories about Winter Harbor’s fisheries heritage are now part of the Winter Harbor Historical Society’s audio collection! A multimedia story map about these interviews can be viewed at the Winter Harbor Fisheries Oral History Project.
It’s cold outside and daylight continues to dwindle, but December is also a time of heightened activity with pre-holiday preparations and travel. There are plenty of opportunities to affordably indulge in oysters all along the Oyster Trail, as well as some deals for purchasing oysters for serving at home. Remember, oysters are a good source of protein and immune-supporting zinc—in case you needed another excuse.
Maura Niemisto is a master’s student in marine biology at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, studying the effects of temperature and ocean acidification on larval lobsters in the laboratory of Richard Wahle at the Darling Marine Center.
With her interest in conservation and previous work with crayfish, Niemisto was a good candidate to work on the project, funded by the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium and NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program.
Have you ever gone into a meeting not knowing exactly why you’re there or what you’re supposed to accomplish? Then you left the meeting feeling the same way? If so, you may not have been terribly enthusiastic to go back again.
Most of us have had an experience like this because it’s fairly common that people running meetings don’t really have the skills they need to do it very effectively. These skills are known as facilitation, and although they don’t come naturally and are rarely taught, having them can be a game changer in your professional and community work.
Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome the challenges and increase aquaculture production.
A grant of $908,015 to the University of Maine will support research into sustainable post-harvest processing of aquacultured seaweed and development of value-added products.
A second award of $249,238 to the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education will support study of large-scale culture of blue mussel.
When a massive fire broke out at the Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford on Friday night, June 23, the shocked community poured into the streets to support each other. Since the 1990’s there had been little to no activity at the mill, a scenario which is familiar to many Maine towns with a proud history of mill work. But even while it sat in disrepair, the mill had been a centerpiece of Sanford’s history.