September 9, 2010
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...
September 7, 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...
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...
July 15, 2010
When it is time to reproduce, the male lobster acts more like the male bowerbird than a crustacean.
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
June 21, 2010
Dave Marciano first started working on commercial fishing boats when he was ten. Unlike many from his hometown in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Marciano didn't have deep generational ties to the sea. His father sold insurance. He nevertheless saved up the money to buy his first boat in 1993 — the Angelica Joseph, an 11-metre, Maine-built lobster rig.
But in May, things changed dramatically for Marciano, 45, when regional fisheries managers instituted a new...
June 21, 2010
The Northeast Regional Association of Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has released an analysis of the potential for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster to reach New England waters. An impact is not impossible, but a major impact from this source is unlikely.
May 19, 2010
Scientists and state officials are watching closely as crews try to stop the gusher that is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico and trying to assess whether any oil from the spill could reach Maine’s coastline.
“Obviously, there’s concern,” said George LaPointe, Maine commissioner for marine resources. “It’s a huge spill, and it’s ongoing. But we’re less at risk than other places.”
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection also is monitoring the...
May 7, 2010
BLUE HILL, Maine — A local man who encountered trouble while retrieving a canoe in Blue Hill Bay last month is recuperating at home after spending a week in the hospital.
Neal Pettigrew, 60, of Blue Hill suffered a stroke while attempting to retrieve a canoe that had drifted from shore the morning of Sunday, April 11, but nonetheless was able to make his way to Long Island, where a rescue team reached him.
An initial report indicating...
April 7, 2010
You're Invited to Attend
Our SMS Senior Undergraduate Capstone Seminar
Awards Recognition Reception
Tuesday, April 27 2010
Capstone Seminar - 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Recognition Reception - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
57 Stoddard Hall
Light refreshments will be served
March 18, 2010
Peter Jumars, director of UMaine's School of Marine Sciences, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article on research at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to use phytoplankton as a potential biofuel. http://www.pressherald.com/news/bigelow-lab-hoping-tiny-pays-off-big_2010-03-16.html