Blog Entry

Marine science - and economic impact - for Maine people.

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:20

Maine Sea Grant has been providing marine science research, education, and outreach for 35 years. Sometimes our work yields positive economic benefits. In just the last four years, Maine Sea Grant activities generated an estimated $22 million in economic impacts, created or sustained 300+ businesses and 130 jobs, and provided 200 communities with technical assistance on challenging issues including working waterfront preservation, coastal infrastructure, and fishing industry diversification.
 

Read more about our impacts in this one-page fact sheet.

The Beaches Conference: Join the Conversation

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:12
In 2017, the organizers, speakers, and participants are more committed than ever to this pattern of mutual respect as this year the reach of the conference continues to expand. For the first time the conference is no longer The Maine Beaches Conference because we jumped the Piscataqua River to officially include Seacoast New Hampshire. A leap of this sort naturally calls for a name adjustment, so for 2017 the event has been deemed The Beaches Conference, Our Maine and New Hampshire Beaches and Coast. With this expansion came the added benefit of enthusiastic partners from NH to join the steering committee, as well as a huge bump-up in the number of presenters from NH.

Hatchery Season

Submitted by Dana Morse on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:01

crews turning oyster cages on the water in snowHere in early March in Maine, we are starting to get a bit of respite from the long nights, short days and bitter winds of winter. The sun shines more directly, puddles form in driveways and along the roadsides, and the voices of streams can be heard as the snowmelt begins. You may even have some greenery sprouting up on the windowsill, in a peat pot or paper cup. Things are happening.

Aquaculture in Shared Waters 2017

Submitted by Dana Morse on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:59

aqsw 2017 blog cover photoToday, Maine’s aquaculture industry includes many fishermen who are using aquaculture to diversify their incomes.  There’s a lot to know however, when entering the aquaculture industry, and since 2013, the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program has provided training, technical support and networking for commercial fishermen and members of fishing families who are interested in diversifying their incomes.  The course is offered by University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the 2017 class is forming now, to be held in Ellsworth.

News from Maine Sea Grant | Winter 2017

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:54

 

In Memoriam

All of us at Maine Sea Grant are mourning the loss of several members of Maine’s environmental science community. Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield, who helped guide our programming through his participation on our Policy Advisory Committee, passed away in December. We also will miss Bill Townsend, a longtime advocate for clean water and protector of Maine rivers; Brian Robinson, Sea Grant researcher and archaeologist who helped expand our understanding of the human history of the coastal landscape; and Gordon Hamilton, a researcher with the UMaine Climate Change Institute. Our condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.