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From south to north, young lobsters find cool refuge in deep water

Maine fishermen hauled in 110.8 million pounds of lobsters in 2017 with a value of more than $400 million. While still incredibly large, this volume represented a 16 percent decline and $100 million loss compared to previous years of record-setting landings. Since the late 1980s Maine’s lobster landings have multiplied six fold, while the area […]

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Leslie helps design database to assess, guide ocean conservation efforts

An international team of researchers, including Heather Leslie of the University of Maine, has released a new tool for assessing ocean conservation. The Conservation Planning Database project is a free, peer-reviewed online resource for conservation scientists and practitioners to understand how marine conservation has been approached in various places throughout the world. “This database gives […]

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Media report on new Lobster Institute director

Wiscasset Newspaper and Fisherynation published a University of Maine news release announcing the new director of the Lobster Institute. Richard Wahle, a UMaine marine sciences research professor, has been named director of the institute, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Robert Bayer, who has directed the institute since 1995 and is retiring from UMaine this year. […]

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Undergrads showcase marine economy research, Wiscasset Newspaper reports

Wiscasset Newspaper published a University of Maine Darling Marine Center news release about the third annual SEA Fellows Symposium. The August event featured the work of 22 undergraduate students and was attended by more than 80 scientists, industry professionals, resource managers and interested citizens. SEA (Science for Economic Impact and Application) Fellows is an undergraduate […]

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Wahle named director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine

University of Maine marine sciences research professor Richard Wahle has been named director of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, effective Sept.1. He succeeds Robert Bayer, who has directed the institute since 1995 and is retiring from UMaine this year. Wahle joined UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2009. He is based at the University’s […]

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Undergraduate research for Maine’s marine economy

Diatoms, sugar kelp, green crabs, lobsters and oysters are iconic organisms on our coast. Their roles in marine ecosystems, their importance as fished and cultured species and their responses to changing ocean conditions were topics of SEA Fellows’ research from Casco Bay to Eastport this summer. The third annual SEA Fellows Symposium featured the work […]

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Undercurrent News quotes Wahle in article on tariffs, lobster industry

Undercurrent News quoted Rick Wahle, a research professor at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, in an article on the impact of tariffs on Maine’s lobster industry. Tariffs and the related trade war with China will likely hurt the industry, especially if harvest is decreased. The harvest in 2016 was a record high, while […]

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Public invited to SEA Fellows Symposium on Aug. 7 at DMC

Students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs and other marine professionals will gather at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center 2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 7 for the third annual SEA Fellows Symposium. UMaine and University of Maine at Machias President Joan Ferrini-Mundy will welcome participants to the student-centered symposium at 2 p.m. in Brooke Hall on the […]

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