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With young lobsters in decline, concern for Maine fishery rises

April 23, 2014


With young lobsters in decline, concern for Maine fishery rises Researchers believe warming ocean temperatures, an increase in predation and pollution could be responsible.

By Patrick Whittle 
The Associated Press

YARMOUTH – The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline – possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.

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Ian Jones - How Ocean Acidification Impacts Lobster Larvae

April 15, 2014


Third-year marine sciences major  Ian Jones of Canton, Conn., is studying how ocean acidification impacts lobster larvae, an important resource for the Maine economy.

Jones works with American lobsters raised at UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Center (ARC). The lobster larvae were raised last summer at various pH levels, replicating natural environments and the impact of ocean acidification. Jones weighed and photographed approximately 700 lobster larvae to monitor their growth in these...

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2014 College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Outstanding Research Award

April 4, 2014






Congratulations to Dr. Peter Jumars, Professor of Oceanography, for being selected as the recepient of the 2014 College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Outstanding Research Award!!

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Goode’ work ethic drives marine science pursuit

March 20, 2014


Clad in a grey hoodie and jeans, with his girlfriend in tow, Andrew Goode seems like any other college student. But engage him in conversation and the 2012 Boothbay Region High School graduate displays a self-assurance and focus unusual for his age.

Goode, currently a sophomore at University of Maine, Orono, hopes to pursue a career in marine science. Through dedication and hard work, he has earned high grades, academic  honors and accolades from his teachers.

Raised in Boothbay, Goode is...

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UMaine's CCAR Assists in Development of Recirculating Aquaculture Technology

March 5, 2014



Chefs often go to the docks to select fresh catch to prepare their evening seafood dinners.

In the near future, area chefs and the public may routinely be getting fresh, sustainable fish from a Maine-based indoor fish farm.

A number of locals are working toward that future, including middle-school students, educators, marine scientists, businesspeople, funders, and a fisherman who helps run a cooperative. Participants involved in this cutting-edge indoor fish farming technology project...

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Pooling Expertise

March 5, 2014


University of Maine researchers have designed a handheld device that can quickly detect disease-causing and toxin-producing pathogens, including algal species that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The device — a colorimeter — could be instrumental in monitoring coastal water in real-time, thereby preventing human deaths and beach closures, says lead researcher Janice Duy, a recent graduate of UMaine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Duy is now conducting...

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Steneck: Understanding Species Interactions Key to Fisheries Management

January 8, 2014




University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck participated in a Florida State University-led study that recommends a paradigm shift for fisheries science and management.

The study spearheaded by FSU biology professor Joe Travis advocates that fisheries experts and managers consider how overfishing and environmental changes disrupt species interactions and alter ecosystems, including pushing some ecosystems past their tipping points.

“In order to succeed, fisheries management...

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UMaine Marine Scientist Joins Elite International Group of Adventurers

November 20, 2013


UMaine Marine Scientist Joins Elite International Group of Adventurers


University of Maine marine scientist Rhian Waller has been named a Fellow in an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space.

Founded in 1904, Explorers Club members attempt to attain new heights and depths; they’ve been the first to reach the moon, North Pole, South Pole, the Mount Everest summit and the deepest part of the ocean.

Waller, an...

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Researchers Recommend Conservation of Coral Communities

November 8, 2013


Researchers Recommend Conservation of Coral Communities

A research team recommending that greater conservation measures be applied to two rare, dense coral garden communities that it discovered in the Gulf of Maine has three University of Maine connections.

Rhian Waller, associate research professor at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole; Steven Auscavitch, master’s candidate in marine biology; and Les Watling, Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Sciences and now a...

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