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UMaine research shows Maine consumers willing to pay more for food sustainably harvested, seafood from the state — if they only knew

June 29, 2016


By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

June 09, 2016, Posted  2:17 p.m.  at 

ORONO —  Maine consumers would be willing to pay more for food that is sustainably harvested and some may even be willing to spend extra for seafood harvested in Maine waters, according to a recent survey conducted by researchers in the University of Maine School of Economics.

The issue, according to researchers, is that information about the source and sustainable practices of food production isn’t always...

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Marine matters Noah Oppenheim takes his experience from DMC to D.C. by Beth Staples

June 22, 2016



These days,   Noah Oppenheim has swapped his diving gear for a suit and tie.

Rather than surveying juvenile lobsters on the floor of the Gulf of Maine, for the last few months he’s been researching legislation being taken up on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The University of Maine graduate student is a marine affairs staffer in the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Jared Huffman of California.

In February, Oppenheim began a yearlong paid Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship —...

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New England lobsters swim to Canada, bringing jobs with them ByCharles Mandel in News ,Energy | June 1st 2016

June 14, 2016



  ByCharles Mandel  in News   ,Energy  |   June 1st 2016

#78 of 87 articles from the Special Report: Race Against Climate Change

Lobster larvae. Photo by Jessica Waller

Warming waters from climate change off the Atlantic coast are driving lobsters further north than ever before, disrupting fisheries and - for some - perhaps changing a way of life forever.

While the southern New England lobster fishery has all but collapsed, fishers in Maine, Prince Edward Island and even...

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Fishermen’s decisions shaped by both climate, community distinctions

May 13, 2016



May 11, 2016   Climate ChangeMarine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

An international research team led by Heather Leslie found fishermen’s decisions are shaped by differences in both natural and social environments.

The team discovered the community with stronger fishing rights exerted more control over fishermen’s decisions than communities with weaker rights, and did so in a way consistent with the impacts of climate variability on fished species, said...

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Wall Street Journal quotes Steneck in article on proposed American lobster ban

May 9, 2016


May 6, 2016     Research   ,UMaine in the News

Robert Steneck, a marine biologist at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, was quoted in theWall Street Journal   article, “Marauding American lobsters find themselves in hot water.” Scientists say the male American lobster’s unusually large crusher claw is at the center of a push by Sweden to ban imports of the species to all European Union countries, according to the article. Sweden says the American species could...

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Waller explores spectacular coral colonies in Glacier Bay

May 9, 2016


May 5, 2016   Marine SciencesSignature and Emerging Areas  

Rhian Waller received an incredible gift to celebrate the National Park System’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

The University of Maine associate professor led the first-ever extensive expedition of the underwater fjords in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

“Glacier Bay National Park is such an amazing area, it’s very hard to put it into words. Pictures are really the best way to describe the park....

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Behavior of tiny ‘intoxicated’ crustaceans can get them killed

May 2, 2016


April 29, 2016     Marine Sciences   ,Research   ,Signature and Emerging Areas

Intoxicated people aren’t alone in engaging in risky behavior.

Intoxicated tiny crustaceans in the ocean — or copepods — do too. And it can get them killed.

Rachel Lasley-Rasher studies small shrimp-like animals that become intoxicated from grazing on blooms of toxic phytoplankton.

  The University of Maine marine researcher said the common calanoid copepods   Temora longicornis   show no...

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Kisei Tanaka receives award at Borns Symposium

April 19, 2016



Mr. Kisei Tanaka, a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the Climate Change Institute and School of Marine Sciences, was awarded the 2nd place for Best Student Presentation Award at this year’s Borns Symposium.

In his presentation titled "Modeling spatiotemporal variability of the bioclimate envelope of Homarus americanus in the coastal waters of Maine and New Hampshire”, Tanaka addressed the major outcomes from a coupled bio-physical model he developed with his adviser Dr. Yong Chen of...

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Bayer produces event where stories, science collide in Bangor

March 31, 2016


Stephen Colbert introduced millions to Skylar Bayer’s marine reproductive ecology research.

When “The Colbert Report” aired a mock crime story about missing scallop gonads and a lonely lady scientist performing experiments, the audience laughed while it learned.

That funny, true, personal stories can both inform and entertain resonates with Bayer, a doctoral candidate based at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center.

In 2014, Bayer first took the stage at a storytelling event...

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AART Video Projection in Portland Maine based on research from Andy Pershing, Andy Thomas and Hillary Scannell

March 17, 2016



On 3/4/16, ARRT! worked with 350 Maine to project a video about the warming of the Gulf of Maine. It appeared on Mechanics' Hall on Congress Street during First Friday Art Walk. ARRT! (The Artists Rapid Response Team) is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA). The Projection was done with the help of MECA and Mechanics' Hall (MCMA) and USM's Ci2 SRS. for more info, see

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