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Rapidly Warming Waters Have Thwarted Efforts to Save the Cod

November 6, 2015


Despite strict limits on cod fishing, the population in the Gulf of Maine is on the verge of collapse because waters are warming alarmingly fast.


By Phil McKenna

Oct 29, 2015

The cod crisis in the Gulf of Maine has been worsened by rising sea temperatures. Credit: Wikimedia

The number of Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine has hit an all-time low in recent years despite strong fishing...

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Cod’s Continuing Decline Linked to Warming Gulf of Maine Waters

October 29, 2015



By  ERICA GOODE OCT. 29, 2015


Freshly-caught Gulf of Maine cod in December 2011. Marine scientists say rising temperatures in the gulf have decreased reproduction and increased mortality among Atlantic cod. Credit Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times
Rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine contributed to the collapse of cod fishing in New England, and might help explain why the cod population has failed to recover, even though fishing has largely ceased, according to a new study.


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Leslie reviews ecosystem-based ocean management approaches

October 28, 2015


  October 20, 2015   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

The director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center says ecosystem-based approaches to restore ocean health provide a flexible framework for marine management and allow scientists and stakeholders to move beyond reactive and piecemeal solutions.

“Ecosystem-based management (EBM) accounts for the diverse connections between people and oceans and the trade-offs inherent in managing for multiple...

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Gulf of Maine’s cold-craving species forced to retreat to deeper waters

October 27, 2015



Story by Colin Woodard/ Staff Writer
Photos by Gregory Rec/ Staff Photographer

Swollen from recent rains, the Penobscot River flows through the area of the river where the Veazie Dam once stood. The dam, along with the Great Works Dam farther downstream, was removed two years ago in an effort to allow salmon easier passage to spawning grounds upriver from the dam. The salmon face a new threat, though, with the increase in the water temperature in the Gulf of Maine.   Photo by...

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Human-marine environment interactions crux of DMC director’s study

October 16, 2015



  Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, is leading a research project to deepen her interdisciplinary investigations of ecological and human dimensions of small-scale fisheries in Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

A $1.79 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human (CNH) Systems Program funds the three-year project.

“My studies of human-marine environment...

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The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

October 7, 2015


The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

Gwynn Guilford


The Sea
October 06, 2015

Drizzled in butter or slathered in mayo—or heaped atop 100% all-natural Angus beef, perhaps? The question of how you like your lobster roll is no longer the sole province of foodies, coastal New Englanders, and people who summer in Maine. American lobster has gone mainstream, launching food trucks from Georgia to Oregon, and debuting on menus at McDonald’s and Shake Shack.

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DMC scientist: Sea slug sniffs out seaweed’s chemicals, then stalks its prey

September 28, 2015


September 25, 2015  

An underwater sea slug has evolved chemical foraging and defense abilities that are functionally identical to those of terrestrial insects, despite being unrelated to their land-based counterparts and living in vastly different habitats for 400 million years.

“Specialized herbivores on land and sea appear to make a living in similar ways,” says University of Maine researcher Doug Rasher, whose team’s findings have been published in the journal “Proceedings of...

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DMC Director to Deliver Talk at Ecological Society of America Meeting

August 13, 2015


DMC Director to Deliver Talk at Ecological Society of America Meeting

Heather Leslie


Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, will share findings developed through an international, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on coastal fisheries at the 100th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Ecological scientists are celebrating the ESA centennial in Baltimore, Maryland with presentations, workshops and musical performances...

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UMaine researchers help forge planktonic frontier

May 21, 2015


UMaine researchers help forge planktonic frontier


ORONO, Maine — University of Maine oceanographers are part of a collaborative international team studying the microscopic world of plankton. During expeditions from 2009 to 2013 aboard Tara, researchers collected 35,000 samples from the world’s oceans.

Data generated from the samples are providing unprecedented resources — including a catalog of several million new genes — expected to transform how oceans are studied and...

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Climate change may affect lobster larvae

May 19, 2015


Lobster larvae will grow in environments that will simulate the effects of climate change at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in the U.S. state of Maine.
Photo Credit: Jesica Waller

Climate change may affect lobster larvae


Lynn Desjardins |
By  Monday 18 May, 2015 No Comments ↓

Climate change is altering the chemistry of oceans and making them warmer, and that may alter the breathing of lobster larvae, says Jesica Waller, a graduate student at the...

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