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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,

Prof. Terry Hughes, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, +61 400 720 164,
Dr. Per Olsson, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 737 078 797,
Prof. Carl Folke, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 708 450102,

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, 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
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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