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Darling Marine Center honors departing education coordinator

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center recognized Annelissa “Lili” Pugh for her commitment to marine science education as she leaves the position of DMC K-12 Education Coordinator in late November. “We are very grateful to Lili Pugh for her dedication and many contributions to the Center,” said Heather Leslie, Director of the DMC. Pugh has been the heart and soul of […]

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Authors of ‘Caught’ to share fishing tales Nov. 14 at DMC

The authors of “Caught. Time. Place. Fish.” will sign books and share stories at noon Nov. 14 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. A collaboration between fisherman Glen Libby and photographer Antonia Small, “Caught” is an account of the beauty, fragility and profound change that characterizes fishing, fishing […]

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Leslie to talk at Coastal Estuarine Research Federation conference

Heather Leslie will be a speaker at the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation conference Nov. 7 in Providence, Rhode Island. The director of the Darling Marine Center will talk about policies and practices that build resilience of coastal marine ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. The Libra Associate Professor in the School of Marine […]

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UMaine lobster study cited in BDN article on Sen. Collins, climate change

Research from the University of Maine was cited in the Bangor Daily News article, “Susan Collins: Ignoring climate change is ‘simply not a solution.’” The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s bodies of saltwater, and that warming trend could mean smaller catches as lobsters move into deeper and colder […]

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Undercurrent News cites Wahle in report on Maine lobster decline

Rick Wahle, a research professor at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, spoke with Undercurrent News for the report, “Maine lobsters still hard to find, but prices climbing back for harvesters.” Wahle said it’s not yet clear what’s behind the low harvest. He has been investigating whether climate change may be responsible, causing lobster […]

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First-year students take part in marine sciences boot camp, Free Press reports

The Free Press reported the University of Maine recently held its fifth Boot Camp at UMaine in Orono and the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The three-day orientation program is for first-year students in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, which offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in marine biology, physical science and aquaculture, according to the […]

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DMC director Heather Leslie shares vision for UMaine’s marine lab

WALPOLE, Maine — Heather Leslie recently spoke with communications intern Aliya Uteuova about her first two years as director of the Darling Marine Center (DMC), the University of Maine marine laboratory in Walpole. Leslie talks about the DMC’s first-ever strategic plan; promising collaborations with industry and community groups; projects to benefit Mainers, businesses and ocean […]

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Reading the genetic signature of the sea scallop

Scallops are one of the most profitable fisheries in Maine, with a statewide value of nearly $7 million in 2016. The scallop fishery is also one of the most local, with small “day boats” staying close to shore. Landings (and populations) have fluctuated over the years, with the latest peaks in the mid-1980s and 1990s. […]

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First-year students take the plunge at marine sciences boot camp

Boot Camp 2017 marked the fifth year of a popular three-day orientation program for first-year students in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. Thirty first-year marine science students spent time in, on and under the water with faculty and staff who will be their instructors at UMaine. Held the week before the beginning […]

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SEA Fellows share research about lobster shell strength, scallop farming

More than 70 students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs and other marine professionals recently gathered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center for the 2nd annual SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium. Undergraduate students from across Maine — including UMaine, the University of Maine at Machias and Colby College — shared their research on topics ranging […]

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