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Shucked oysters on a cardboard tray

Oysters: Good News, Bad News on the Half-Shell

by Catherine Schmitt Within 24 hours of the latest Fathoming feature, about a harmful disease that now threatens Maine’s oyster industry, national news wires sizzled with reports of a study in the February issue of the journal BioScience. A survey of oyster reefs around the world found that 85% of oyster habitat has disappeared. The […]

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Sardine Story Sneak Preview

by Catherine Schmitt I’ve been working on a story about sardines since last April, when Bumble Bee Foods announced the closure of the Stinson Seafood factory, the last sardine cannery in the United States. As newspaper headlines across the country announced “the end of an era,” I began my own pursuit of the enigmatic sardine. I […]

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Shrimpin’ Season

by Catherine Schmitt Maine shrimp made the front page of today’s style section in the Bangor Daily News. Reporter Emily Burnham wrote a nice feature of this native seafood, including a handful of recipes. The timing aligns with Northern shrimp season, which began in December and runs until April. Female shrimp move close to shore […]

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Fishing Community Resilience: An Interview with Dr. Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson is an assistant professor of marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. She is currently working on a research project funded by Maine Sea Grant to evaluate vulnerability and resilience of Maine fishing communities. Salarius spoke with Dr. Johnson in November about what she’s learned so far. […]

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Today Show comes clean on contaminated seafood imports

by Catherine Schmitt I doubt that NBC’s Jeff Rossen read my blog post about the lack of coverage of seafood imports, but his November 17 story on the risks associated with imported seafood–80% of the seafood Americans eat–is a good step toward filling the gap in consumer awareness. Despite the panic-inducing tone to the “investigative […]

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Is Gulf of Mexico seafood safe to eat? A footnote.

by Catherine Schmitt After my latest post about eating Gulf of Mexico seafood, reports surfaced about contamination in shrimp veins. Seafood testing protocols use shelled, deveined shrimp when they analyze for petroleum. One Gulf resident, realizing that local food culture often involves cooking shrimp whole, veins in and shells on, took some whole shrimp for […]

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Is Gulf of Mexico seafood safe to eat?

by Catherine Schmitt During my trip to the Gulf Coast, I ate a catfish po’boy from Parkway Bakery, oysters Rockefeller, garlic shrimp washed down by Abita ale, pan-fried black drum at Jacques-Imo’s, fried shrimp at the legendary Florabama road house, and a melt-in-your-mouth tapas of red snapper from the Global Grill in Pensacola—all of it […]

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Workers clean up the beach.

The Beach Gets a Deep Clean

by Catherine Schmitt GULF SHORES, AL – Arrived here Wednesday night, after stopping at the legendary Florabama roadhouse. In the morning, on the beach in front of the hotel, was a BP oil cleanup crew. Workers in yellow rubber boots duct-taped to their jeans stood in a line, watching the sand as tractors and sifters graded […]

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A Note on the S Word

by Catherine Schmitt I refuse to use the word “spill” when discussing or writing about the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, death of 11 people (now 12, if you include the related suicide of a fisherman), and resulting uncapped, uncontrolled emission of oil from the sea floor. To call the release of five million […]

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Sea Grant Response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

by Catherine Schmitt Extension and outreach is a big part of Sea Grant. The very nature of extension is to get information to the people on the coast, and to bring information and research needs from the people on the coast to the researchers and government scientists whose job it is to address the needs […]

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