September 15, 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...
September 15, 2010
Prof. Terry Hughes, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, +61 400 720 164, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Per Olsson, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 737 078 797, email@example.com
Prof. Carl Folke, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 708 450102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance...
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...
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...