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Maine aquaculture industry, scientists well-represented at regional conference

Over 500 sea farmers and marine researchers from the Damariscotta area gathered in Providence, Rhode Island for the the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exhibition (NACE) this January. “There was a really good number of producers and scientists, including a lot of young people there, both from the entrepreneur side and science side.” said Dana Morse, […]

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Donation helps Darling Marine Center bring marine science to K-12 students

The Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund’s $2,000 donation to the Darling Marine Center K–12 education program facilitated field trip visits by 900 local students and supplied marine touch tanks to area festivals. The funds were raised at the annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival in Damariscotta. “We appreciate that the Edward Myers Fund has continued to […]

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When aquaculture grows, so does its economic impact

Farming of finfish, shellfish and plants in fresh and saltwater is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world and it’s growing in Maine, too. From 2007 to 2014, the total economic impact of aquaculture in Maine — including sales revenue, full- and part-time jobs and labor income — nearly tripled from $50 million to […]

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Morse offers advice on how to serve Maine oysters, Press Herald reports

Dana Morse, a researcher with the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension, gave a gentle warning to Portland Press Herald readers, looking to serve large, succulent Maine oysters at their New Year’s parties. “By and large, the larger the oyster you get, the stronger they’re going to be […]

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Associated Press rates warming ocean top 10 Maine story of 2016

The Associated Press ranked a story that stemmed from University of Maine research — that baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean’s warming waters — as the No. 10 story this year in Maine. WABI (Channel 5) and The Washington Times carried the AP’s top 10 list. University of Maine Darling […]

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Kevin Du Clos successfully defends Ph.D. thesis

On Thursday, December 1, Kevin Du Clos successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) in Walpole. The defense not only earned Du Clos a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the School of Marine Sciences, but it was also the conclusion of a long and productive research career at the […]

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Darling Marine Center cited in AP article on Maine eel farmer

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center was mentioned in an Associated Press article about how a Maine aquaculture farmer wants to keep baby eels, or elvers, in the state. Elvers are at the center of a lucrative business in Maine, which is home to the only large-scale fishing operation for them in the country, […]

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Jesica Waller successfully defends master’s thesis

On Thursday, November 17, Jesica Waller, a graduate student in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, successfully defended her master’s thesis at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Waller’s research examines how lobster larvae may be impacted by ocean acidification and warming. Earlier this fall, her work received international media attention as the first […]

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Steneck contributes to global study touting local management of kelp forests

A half-century of global ocean research indicates local management is key to sustaining kelp forest health. Kelp  — large brown seaweed or alga  — provides food or habitat for a number of species, including fish, sea urchins and lobster, says Bob Steneck, a University of Maine oceanographer and one of 37 scientists who took part […]

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