Marine Sciences

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Birkel, Mayewski prepare report to help Mainers plan for climate challenges

Mainers can expect significant environmental changes in the next two decades due to increased greenhouse gas emissions and patterns of variability in the climate system, say University of Maine researchers Sean Birkel and Paul Mayewski. And they’ve produced a report — Coastal Maine Climate Futures — to provide a base for coastal Maine planners to […]

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Aquaculture projects receive $1.4 million in grants from NOAA

NOAA Sea Grant announces the award of $1.4 million in grants to the University of Maine for two projects to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the United States. The National Sea Grant College Program awarded $725,365 to Heather Hamlin, Deborah Bouchard and Ian Bricknell of the Aquaculture […]

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BDN reports on collaboration to toughen lobster shells

A new collaboration among researchers at the University of Maine and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine was included in a Bangor Daily News business roundup. The researchers plan to work with seafood wholesaler Ready Seafood Inc. of Portland to create an environment where a soft-shell lobster  can turn into a hard-shell one after it has […]

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Macro photo of rock weed

Three graduate students study rockweed, ‘a system of curiosity’

Rockweed is sometimes called an “ecosystem engineer,” because its branched structure alters the surrounding environment, and creates space for other species to find shelter and food. The marine alga also is a valuable source of nutrients and other compounds with commercial purposes. In the past decade, increased harvesting has led to questions about the effects […]

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Morning Call mentions UMaine in article on science company expansion

The Morning Call mentioned research collaboration from the University of Maine in an article about an expansion of Lampire Biological Laboratories in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. Lampire has begun production of lobster hemocyanin, a protein found in lobsters and related animals that has a range of uses in the biomedical field, the article states. Gregory Krug, president […]

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Maine Public mentions Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in article about elver startup

Maine Public mentioned the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in an article about American Unagi, an elver growing startup founded by Sara Rademaker. The center, located in Franklin, provides facilities and resources for entrepreneurs to conduct research and development and grow their aquaculture businesses. Rademaker raises the eels in the center’s recirculating […]

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umaine lobster boat fishing ocean

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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Maine Public interviews Leslie about new ocean conservation database

Maine Public interviewed Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, about a new ocean conservation database she helped create. Leslie worked with a team of researchers to design the Conservation Planning Database after realizing there was no central location to share information about ocean conservation, Maine Public reported. “This […]

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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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