Marine Sciences

New study finds blue mussels resilient to ocean acidification

Blue mussels, the predominant species used in aquaculture in Maine, may be more resilient than other cultivated species to the increased seawater acidity and storms predicted to hit the Gulf of Maine as a consequence of climate change, according to a University of Maine research team. A study led by Tim Bowden, an associate professor […]

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Founder of American Unagi LLC grew business at Darling Marine Center, BDN reports

The Bangor Daily News reported Sara Rademaker, the founder of elver-growing startup company American Unagi LLC, grew her business at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole before taking the next step. The company buys elvers, or young eels, from local harvesters and grows them to market size using land-based aquaculture practices. Rademaker […]

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UMaine, UMM marine experts to present to legislative committee Jan. 17

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias marine experts will give a 90-minute briefing to the 129th Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources during its Jan. 17 meeting that begins at 1 p.m. The intent of the briefing is to provide an overview of the expertise and resources UMaine and UMM have […]

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International research team to study effects of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in North Pacific

The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida. UMaine School of Marine Sciences professor Mark Wells will lead the project, […]

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DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish

Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides — including DDT — in the meltwater. Even with low levels of organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) in glacial meltwater, the risk of cancer for youth and […]

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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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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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