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UMaine scientist's tech sees-the-unseen in potential aquaculture sites

August 22, 2016


Darling Marine Center     researchersKatie Coupland     andDamian Brady   use buoys, sensors and other technology on the Damariscotta River and elsewhere to lessen risk and potentially boost productivity when locating new sites for aquaculture. Darling Marine Center is part of the University of Maine.



Realtors will tell you buying property is all about "location, location, location." The same is true for finding the best site for...

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Ph.D. candidate examines effects of licensing on resilience of Maine’s fisheries

August 22, 2016



August 19, 2016   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

A recent study by University of Maine researchers examines the history of the licensing system for commercial fisheries in the state and how it has changed fishermen’s access to marine resources.

The findings suggest the evolution of the regulations threatens the resilience of the social-ecological system in Maine’s fisheries and highlight the paradox of the licensing system. Regulations instituted to...

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Saving salmon, one embryo at a time

August 22, 2016

August 8, 2016   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas,Videos  


LeeAnne Thayer:
All the farmers had this one problem, and it was that their salmon egg survival was decreasing. It had been decreasing for about 10 to 15 years. All of them are like, “Why is this happening? What’s going on?”

Heather Hamlin:
Farmers used to be able to rely on 90 percent, maybe 80 percent or above in embryo survival. Today average embryo...

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Charlotte Quigley: Researching how water temperatures affect kelp growth

August 15, 2016


Charlotte Quigley: Researching how water temperatures affect kelp growth

August 15, 2016   Climate ChangeMarine SciencesOutreachResearchSignature and Emerging Areas,Student and Alumni Stories  

Charlotte Quigley:
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono. My degree will be in marine biology. My marine ecology phase was my favorite phase in college. Then I kind of completely went sidetracked and got a job in Costa Rica working...

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Ocean salt, temperature can barricade phytoplankton, impact food web

August 15, 2016


Ocean salt, temperature can barricade phytoplankton, impact food web

August 9, 2016   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

Subtle, fleeting differences in ocean salinity or temperature can act as physical barricades for phytoplankton, which results in a patchy distribution of the most important food resource in the ocean and may explain the large biodiversity in the sea, say University of Copenhagen and University of Maine researchers.

Ocean currents transport...

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Researchers, students study cold-water corals - Video

August 10, 2016



Over the last year, Rhian Waller, associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine, has been to the ends of the Earth to study how changing oceans are affecting cold-water corals and what those changes may eventually mean in places like the Gulf of Maine. Waller's research team included three undergraduate marine science students — Maggie Halfman, Elise Hartill and Ashley Rossin — who accompanied her to Antarctica and...

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Doctoral student seeks to end trial-and-error aquaculture

August 8, 2016



August 4, 2016   Climate ChangeMarine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

Locals and tourists flocking to the coast to eat fresh shellfish may not know about costs and risks that aquaculturists encounter getting the seafood to the table.

One of the biggest issues for aquaculture farmers is selecting lease sites without knowing the physics and biology of the estuary environment, which can result in unpredictable productivity.

With more and better information, the...

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UMaine graduate students help inform sustainable ocean management practices

June 29, 2016


June 20, 2016 Marine Sciences, Research, Signature and Emerging Areas

Nineteen graduate students in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine are helping ensure that European fisheries sustainably utilize ocean resources.

The students participated in 20 stock assessment student reviews for European fisheries in early June through the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

ICES is the oldest intergovernmental science organization that develops science...

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UMaine research shows Maine consumers willing to pay more for food sustainably harvested, seafood from the state — if they only knew

June 29, 2016


By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

June 09, 2016, Posted  2:17 p.m.  at 

ORONO —  Maine consumers would be willing to pay more for food that is sustainably harvested and some may even be willing to spend extra for seafood harvested in Maine waters, according to a recent survey conducted by researchers in the University of Maine School of Economics.

The issue, according to researchers, is that information about the source and sustainable practices of food production isn’t always...

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Marine matters Noah Oppenheim takes his experience from DMC to D.C. by Beth Staples

June 22, 2016



These days,   Noah Oppenheim has swapped his diving gear for a suit and tie.

Rather than surveying juvenile lobsters on the floor of the Gulf of Maine, for the last few months he’s been researching legislation being taken up on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The University of Maine graduate student is a marine affairs staffer in the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Jared Huffman of California.

In February, Oppenheim began a yearlong paid Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship —...

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