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Reflections of a Research Community” Topic: Where do sea lice on salmon farms come from and can we control them?

November 3, 2010

 

Reflections of a Research Community”

Topic: Where do sea lice on salmon farms come from and can we control them?

Who: Ian Bricknell, Director of the Aquaculture Research Center

When:   Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4:00 PM

Where: University Club, Fogler Library

Sea lice are one of the most important health issues for marine Atlantic salmon aquaculture worldwide. They are found on both the West and East coast of America and it has been suggested that these parasites have a very serious...

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Monhegan prepares for wind power

November 1, 2010

 
Island residents hope offshore floating turbines might lower energy costs, attract marine life
10/28/10 08:51 pm  Updated: 10/29/10 01:24 am
By Bill Trotter
BDN Staff
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ISLAND INSTITUTE
Dr. Bob Steneck adjusts the drop camera before it is lowered on a tether to survey seafloor communities. The unit includes a video camera, a temperature recorder, lights and laser scaling used to measure body lengths of species identified in the video and was deployed...

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Monhegan prepares for wind power

November 1, 2010

 
Island residents hope offshore floating turbines might lower energy costs, attract marine life
10/28/10 08:51 pm  Updated: 10/29/10 01:24 am
By Bill Trotter
BDN Staff
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ISLAND INSTITUTE
Dr. Bob Steneck adjusts the drop camera before it is lowered on a tether to survey seafloor communities. The unit includes a video camera, a temperature recorder, lights and laser scaling used to measure body lengths of species identified in the video and was deployed...

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NOAA Grant Funds New Socioeconomic Study of Downeast Fishing Communities

September 15, 2010

 
September 14th, 2010
 

Contact: Teresa Johnson, (207) 581-4362

ORONO — A University of Maine School of Marine Sciences researcher has received a $178,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a two-year study on how new fishing regulations in New England affect fishing communities socioeconomically.

The research will inform how future fishing policies in New England can be designed to protect those communities.

NOAA included $18.6 million in its...

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Ending the Oceans’ “Tragedy of the Commons”; UMaine Professor Co-Authors Study Based on Chilean Experiment

September 15, 2010

 
Contacts: Prof. Robert Steneck, University of Maine, (207) 549 3062, steneck@maine.edu

Prof. Terry Hughes, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, +61 400 720 164, terry.hughes@jcu.edu.au
Dr. Per Olsson, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 737 078 797,  per.olsson@stockholmresilience.su.se
Prof. Carl Folke, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 708 450102, carl.folke@beijer.kva.se

Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance...

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Randy Olson, Filmmaker and Scientist

September 14, 2010

 

Randy Olson is an award-winning filmmaker who has a provocative sense of humor and a Ph.D. in coral-reef ecology. Through film, public lecture, and discussion, he will share his humorous, serious, and passionate insights on the challenges in today’s world of information overload of communicating accurate scientific information to people who are not scientists. His efforts in this arena include co-founding the “Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project,” a partnership between  marine...

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Fathoming: Ancient Fish, Modern Methods

September 9, 2010

 
by Dr. Heather Deese and Catherine Schmitt

 

NOAA Fisheries staff collecting receiver data from Penobscot Bay 

Through the static comes a faint, metallicping! Getting louder now, ping...ping...ping. It is the sound of a shortnose sturgeon, a dinosaur of a fish that is roaming the murky bottom of the Penobscot River Estuary, a species all but forgotten by most people in the area until documentation a few years ago by University of Maine fisheries biologists.

Like warblers and...

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Whaling and Fishing for the Largest Species has Altered Carbon Sequestering

September 7, 2010

 
September 3rd, 2010
 

Contact: Andrew Pershing, Research Scientist, 207-228-1656; Ron Lisnet, 207-581-3779

Decades of whaling and fishing for the largest species have altered the ability of oceans to store and sequester carbon, according to a team of marine researchers from the University of Maine, the University of British Columbia and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI).

An individual whale contains a huge amount of carbon, an amount only exceeded by the largest...

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Dagher, Pettigrew Interviewed for Offshore Wind-Energy Article

August 16, 2010

 

LEWISTON — Maine's effort to become a world leader in deep-water, offshore wind power took one of its bigger steps forward in July.

A University of Maine task force is in the process of reviewing pre-qualification questionnaires from 11 engineering and design firms from around the world.

By the end of the summer, one or two will be chosen to pit their designs and working prototypes of scaled-down windmills against each other in a series of tests meant to weed out the weaker designs and...

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Researchers give attention to worthy claws

July 15, 2010

 
In-depth studies of Maine lobsters aim to ensure the future of the state's most lucrative fishery.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

 

When it is time to reproduce, the male lobster acts more like the male bowerbird than a crustacean.

 

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Diane Cowan, executive director of the Lobster Conservancy, inspects a lobster at the lobster pound at the Lobster Conservancy on Friendship Long Island.

Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

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Diane...

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