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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.

Joy and Sadness at the Same Time

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:29
photo of a mill fire
A major fire destroys the back tower at Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford Maine on June 23, 2017.

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.

Looking for bass (in all the wrong places)

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:20

On a recent hot July morning, graduate student Nicole Ramberg-Pihl went out to the Kenduskeag Stream in Exeter and Garland in search of smallmouth bass. Accompanying her in the field were Stephen Coghlan, faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, and undergraduate students Spencer Kelley and Tyson Porter.

The Unexpected Tastiness of the Green Crab

Submitted by Dana Morse on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:10

photo of Carolyn Giles, Leslie and Jim McMahan, Chris Jamison, and Marissa McMahan, about to try the latest recipe at Enoteca Athena in BrunswickMaine’s problem with the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) is not a new one, nor is the idea of finding a commercial use for them.  It’s been a tough go for a long time; mostly because it has not been easy to find a market that will pay enough to make it worthwhile for a fisherman to gear up and fish a gang of traps.  Recently though, there is a push to make green crabs attractive as a menu item, and I am glad to write that that there is a beam of light sneaking in through that cloudy scenario.  The reason? Green crabs can be downright delicious. 

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.