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On the Map: Local Seafood in Rhode Island

Author: Abbey Greene is a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island and the 2021 Rhode Island Sea Grant Fellow based at the Coastal Resources Center. She has been working with Azure Cygler on an extension project supported through the National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for […]

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What baby lobsters eat and why it matters

Author: Evie Layland is a University of Maine graduate student working with Drs. Rick Wahle and David Fields on a research project funded through the National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative  Living in Maine, it is clear that the American lobster is a major player in the Northwestern Atlantic. Not only is lobster one of […]

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A man and a boy, each holding a basket full of shellfish, talk to a man sitting on the bank of New Harbor. Another man stands to the left and is looking down at multiple baskets of shellfish. Photo credit Maine State Archives.

A brief history of soft-shell clam management in Maine

This text is excerpted from the recently published Maine Shellfish Handbook, which contains information on the history, management, and biology of the soft-shell clam, northern quahog, American and European oysters, and blue mussels. For millennia, Wabanaki people have used soft-shell clams for food, trade, and cultural purposes, and continue to do so today. Historian George […]

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View of a manned submersible taken underwater.

Exploring the Unknown

Contributor: Mattie Rodrigue, UMaine Graduate supported by Maine Sea Grant and former Knauss Fellow Every time a manned submersible dives off the research vessel OceanXplorer, the passengers inside are viewing something no one else on the planet has ever seen. My first submersible dive was 700 meters down a sheer granite wall in a remote […]

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Finding phytoplankton and finding myself

Contributor: Tessa Rock, Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholar When you wade in the ocean and let the salty water flow around you, what is running through your mind? Is your mind relaxing, are you looking for fish, or maybe you’re anxious a crab is going to pinch your toe? I bet you aren’t thinking about […]

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Maine Sea Grant supports Maine Fishermen’s Forum through pandemic

Contributor: Natalie Springuel, Marine Extension Associate “It’s really cool to watch them grow.” That was David Wilson, a shellfish harvester and chair of the Harpswell Marine Resources Committee, talking about the quahogs that he and his fellow committee members are growing to help their town’s shellfish populations thrive. Wilson explained that they are using an […]

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Where the river meets the sea: sampling the Penobscot River estuary

Contributor: Justin Stevens, Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Associate and Sea-run Fish Ecosystem Project Coordinator Last week was National Estuary Week, and normally I would have been out in the field to survey the Penobscot River estuary, a 30 mile stretch where the river meets the sea. Every year for the past 10 years, I […]

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A late stage larva that was raised at the Darling Marine Center this summer

On the appetites of baby lobsters

Author: Alex Ascher, a University of Maine graduate student working with Drs. Rick Wahle and David Fields on a research project funded through the National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative, the NSF-funded Maine eDNA program, and Maine DMR’s Lobster Research Collaborative. When people think about lobsters, we tend to think about eating them. Who has […]

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