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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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UMaine mentioned in Republican Journal report on Maine Ocean School donation

The Republican Journal reported the Maine Ocean School Foundation has received an anonymous donation of $50,000 to help fund a new public magnet high school. Maine Ocean School in Searsport offers specialized tracks in marine science, transportation, engineering and management, according to the article. The school welcomed its first class of 11 students Sept. 4. […]

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Morse quoted in Civil Eats article on farmed scallops

Civil Eats interviewed Dana Morse, an ​aquaculture research​er ​with Maine Sea Grant, for the article, “Farmed scallops are coming to a plate near you.” Maine fishery experts believe sea scallop farming offers potential for diversifying the state’s fisheries, as the Gulf of Maine grows warmer, putting the state’s lucrative lobster fishery at risk, the article […]

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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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Island Ad-Vantages reports on lobster talk by Stoll

Island Ad-Vantages covered a talk by Joshua Stoll, an assistant research professor of marine policy at the University of Maine, as part of the “Lunch and Learn” series at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington Friday, Aug. 31. The lecture series gives residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about complex issues facing […]

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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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