Darling Marine Center

Lobsters, water quality focus of DMC grad students’ research

University of Maine Darling Marine Center graduate students Carl Huntsberger and Whitley Gilbert want their research to support better management of two of Maine’s most valuable natural resources — clean water and lobsters. Huntsberger was 9 when he began lobster fishing. He knew a legal-sized lobster, known as “a keeper,” is one whose main shell […]

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DMC, Bigelow study: Rising ocean temperatures threaten baby lobsters

If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support. That’s according to newly published research conducted at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The research is the only published […]

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UMaine Marine Sciences Boot Camp connects students to the ocean

The annual Marine Sciences Boot Camp at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC), in Walpole, offers first-year students an intensive preview of what their lives will look like as marine-science majors. “I loved every minute of it,” said Miranda Furnari, a student from Danvers, Mass. “It was so incredible to actually get a […]

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Video: Conducting research to buoy aquaculture

Read transcript In summer 2016, students from the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias and the University of New England became SEA (Science for Economic Impact & Application) Fellows. Knowledge gained from hands-on marine research projects involving oysters, lobster shell hardness and disease, clam growth and surface runoff in the Damariscotta River estuary […]

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Doctoral student seeks to end trial-and-error aquaculture

Locals and tourists flocking to the coast to eat fresh shellfish may not know about costs and risks that aquaculturists encounter getting the seafood to the table. One of the biggest issues for aquaculture farmers is selecting lease sites without knowing the physics and biology of the estuary environment, which can result in unpredictable productivity. […]

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Public invited to university-industry research symposium at DMC

Students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculturists and other marine professionals will gather at the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, Darling Marine Center (DMC), on Thursday, Aug. 11 for the SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium. The SEA (Science for Economic Impact and Application) Fellows program is a new initiative developed by UMaine and the University of Maine at […]

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SEA Fellows explore university-industry marine partnerships

Eight students from Maine universities delved into the science and practice of marine aquaculture last week, thanks to an innovative new program developed by the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias. Students visited sites from Walpole to Eastport under the leadership of UMaine Darling Marine Center director Heather Leslie and UMM professor […]

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Fishers’ decisions shaped by both climate, community distinctions

An international research team led by Heather Leslie found fishers’ decisions are shaped by differences in both natural and social environments. The team discovered the community with stronger fishing rights exerted more control over fishers’ decisions than communities with weaker rights, and did so in a way consistent with the impacts of climate variability on […]

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Behavior of tiny ‘intoxicated’ crustaceans can get them killed

Intoxicated people aren’t alone in engaging in risky behavior. Intoxicated tiny crustaceans in the ocean — or copepods — do too. And it can get them killed. Rachel Lasley-Rasher studies small shrimp-like animals that become intoxicated from grazing on blooms of toxic phytoplankton. The University of Maine marine researcher said the common calanoid copepods Temora […]

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