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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
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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What's the Catch?

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...

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Potential for DeepWater Horizon spill oil to impact New England coastal waters

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.

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Maine monitoring gulf oil spill Experts believe crude unlikely to hit state

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...

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Canoeist did not capsize, but suffered stroke

May 7, 2010

By Rich Hewitt
BDN Staff

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...

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SMS Undergraduate Capstone Seminar and Awards Recognition Reception

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

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Jumars Comments in Algae-to-Biofuel Article

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.

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Acheson Quoted in Lobstering Article

March 18, 2010


UMaine professor of anthropology and marine sciences Jim Acheson was interviewed for a story in today's Bangor Daily News about tension in the Maine lobster industry as the new season approaches, and how the Maine Marine Patrol is preparing for it.  For complete story go to:

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Iron Fertilization Causes Toxic Algal Blooms

March 16, 2010


The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., provided the following press release concerning an article soon to be published by Charles Trick, Mark Wells and others:  "A design scheme to engineer microalgae blooms in the world’s oceans in order to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels could contaminate the oceans with a neurotoxin, according to a new study. Mark Wells, University of Maine, and colleagues report that fertilizing the ocean with iron, a strategy proposed to boost the...

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UMaine Graduate Receives Marine Policy Fellowship

March 15, 2010


Maine Sea Grant has announced that the National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious marine policy fellowships to two people with graduate degrees from Maine colleges, including Danielle Brzezinski, a 2009 graduate of the UMaine School of Marine Resources, who will join 45 fellow graduates from around the country to work on marine policy in Washington.

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