Darling Marine Center

Marine investment

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.5 million to support a major waterfront infrastructure investment at Darling Marine Center (DMC), the University of Maine’s marine laboratory in Walpole. The award will benefit marine companies and communities statewide and beyond. Together with matching funds from UMaine and state marine bond funds, the EDA award […]

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Diving into Aquaculture

Melissa Britsch shares her reflections on her recently completed Aquaculture Internship at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Melissa’s internship and the research she conducted was supported by both state and federal government sources*, along with in-kind support from the Darling Marine Center. Melissa with scallops in Clarks Cove I came to […]

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Morse to give oyster harvesting talk in Newcastle, Boothbay Register reports

Boothbay Register reported Dana Morse, an aquaculture researcher with Maine Sea Grant who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, will talk about the oyster harvesting process Nov. 28 in Newcastle. From 3 to 4 p.m., Morse will speak at the Lincoln Home about why the Damariscotta River produces some of the best-tasting oysters, […]

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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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