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After More than a Century, Endangered Shortnose Sturgeon Find Historic Habitat Post Dam Removal

November 16, 2015








November 16, 2015



Molly Payne Wynne, Penobscot River Restoration Trust, 207-430-0175

Elyse Kahl, University of Maine, 207-581-3747

Jennifer Goebel, NOAA Fisheries, 978-281-9175


After More than a Century, Endangered Shortnose Sturgeon Find Historic Habitat Post Dam Removal

Orono, Maine — Endangered shortnose sturgeon have rediscovered habitat in the Penobscot River that had been inaccessible to the species for more than 100...

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Ruleo Camacho: Promoting coral reef health

November 16, 2015



November 2, 2015   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging AreasStudent and Alumni Stories  

A graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center received a Young Investigator Award Honorable Mention at the 9th Florida State University Mote Symposium in October.

Ruleo Camacho, who is a pursuing a dual master’s degree in marine biology and marine policy, presented his thesis research, “Antigua’s Community Based No-Take Reserves: Developing a...

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Climate change may increase blooming, but not the good kind

November 10, 2015



October 30, 2015   Climate ChangeMarine SciencesOutreachResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

Marine scientists warn that the future may bring more harmful algal blooms (HABs) which could threaten wildlife and the economy, but that poor scientific understanding limits long-term forecasts.

Understanding algal blooms and how they will impact society was the focus of a four-day workshop — comprised of 11 marine science researchers from around the world — held in...

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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 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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