Blog Entry

Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge - and Those Who Keep It

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:59

several people aboard a small boat on the waterAlong the edges of bayou canals, shrimp boats were gearing up for the season, butterfly nets rigged and ready to drop, herons and laughing gulls flying from bank to bank. Along the shore, people young and old fished for spotted sea trout and redfish. Some stood on sinking docks, others sat in folding chairs. The noonday sun was high in a cloudless sky.

Beyond the fishing camps and the roads that lead to the camps, the bayou opened into an expanse of water and marsh, a horizontal world intersected by bleached skeletons of live oaks and the slanted white crosses of grave markers and a handful of fishing shacks accessible only by water.

UMaine graduates explore marine policy in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:17

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Knauss Fellows (clockwise: Bayer, Staples, and Rodrigue.)
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.


Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:34

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Photo: Nick Battista

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).

Understanding the biology and ecology of sea lice

Submitted by Webmaster on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:55
gloved hands performing a fish dissection under a light
Examining Atlantic Salmon for sea lice using dissecting scopes.

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?

Oyster Deals Around Maine this Season

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:37

oysters arranged on a bed of ice with a candle burning behind
Oysters are rich in zinc.

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.

Can lobster larvae survive future ocean conditions?

Submitted by Webmaster on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:55

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Master's student Maura Niemisto
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.

Leading Groups Is Easier, If You Know How

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:12

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Maine Sea Grant & Cooperative Extension Associate Kristen Grant facilitates a meeting.
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.

NOAA Sea Grant awards for aquaculture research

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:02

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.