Author: Jenny Spekhardt

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Shorebirds of Passamaquoddy Bay

Chris Bartlett is a member of the Maine Sea Grant extension team.  Maine hosts several festivals each spring to celebrate the return of migrating birds that nest in northern areas of the continent. Ecotourism efforts focused on bird watching have been growing in the United States, contributing up to $41 billion to the US economy […]

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Reflection from a Program Advisory Committee member

Contributor: Jay McCreight served as a member of the Maine Sea Grant Program Advisory Committee from 2019 to 2022. I first became familiar with Maine Sea Grant as a member of the state legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. At the time, I had just been elected to represent House District 51, which includes Harpswell, Bath, and […]

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UMaine receives $3.5M from NOAA Sea Grant to address marine debris

Maine Sea Grant College Program, University of Maine researchers and partners throughout the state will receive funding for three projects that address the prevention and removal of marine debris in the Gulf of Maine. Using Sea Grant’s partnered approach to bring science together with communities for solutions that work, the projects will support transformational research […]

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Eight people stand with awards at the 2023 Maine Fishermen's Forum

Marine Extension Team members recognized at 2023 Maine Fishermen’s Forum

University of Maine students, researchers, Marine Extension Team members and alumni were among the more than 2,000 participants in the 48th Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport, March 2–4. The annual three-day event brings together fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government officials and others to share information and collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, […]

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Coastal Conversations Radio Program: On the Water in Belfast Harbor

Coastal Conversations show: February 24, 2023, 4-5 PM WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Listen to the show on WERU archives On the Water in Belfast Harbor High School students on a fishing boat deploying spat collectors, or mesh bags, into the water column to collect baby […]

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Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Stories from Gouldsboro: Salmon and Sardines

Coastal Conversations show: January 27, 2023, 4-5 PM WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Listen to the show on WERU archives Note: This January 27, 2023 episode of Coastal Conversations features two distinct stories about Gouldsboro, Maine. Story 1: Gouldsboro, a working waterfront community at a crossroads […]

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Training Needs Assessment

In December 2020, Congress passed the Young Fishermen’s Development Act (YFDA) “to preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen.”1 The Act directed the Secretary of Commerce, through the National Sea Grant Office, to establish and administer a program to prepare for the future. […]

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Sea Grant announces $1.2 million in support of the American Lobster Initiative

The National Sea Grant College Program announced $1.2 million in support of Sea Grant’s American Lobster Research Program to continue addressing emergent needs and priorities associated with this important fishery. Pursuant to congressional direction, this year’s funded research projects shift focus on operational needs, specifically related to gear technology research and implementation.  The two extramural […]

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