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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.

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.
The Downeast Fisheries Trail Celebration

Downeast Fisheries Trail logoOn May 9th 2017, the Downeast Fisheries Trail community of site managers and friends will gather at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor to celebrate the region’s fisheries heritage.

Natalie Springuel Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:57
Northeastern Coastal Station Alliance (NeSCA); Small field stations, unite! Rachel Lasley-Rasher Sun, 03/19/2017 - 17:50

NOTE: This blog was written by Hannah Webber, the Research and Education Projects Manager for Schoodic Institute, working on a Sea Grant-funded project with Caitlin Cleaver of the Hurricane Island Foundation.

Hatchery Season Dana Morse 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 Dana Morse 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.