April 5, 2012
McCleave interviewed on elvers
UMaine marine sciences professor emeritus James McCleave, a leading research authority on eels, was interviewed Wednesday for a Channel 7 (WVII) news report about elvers, the tiny eels harvested in Maine coastal waters, largely for sale to Asian markets where prices have exceeded $2,000 per pound recently.
April 5, 2012
Expert task force recommends halving global fishing for crucial prey speciesForage fish twice as valuable in the water as in the net
IMAGE: Demand for forage fish in recent decades has greatly increased for use as fish meal and fish oil to feed farmed fish, pigs, and chickens that people consume on a...Click here for more information.
WASHINGTON – Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in...
March 30, 2012
Gulf of Maine ocean temperatures above normal
P ORTLAND, Maine — The winter’s warm air temperatures have helped drive up water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, in line with a continuing trend, and the warm waters could result in lobsters molting their shells earlier than usual and ocean algae blooming ahead of schedule.
In the long run are questions...
March 23, 2012
Undergraduate Research Projects on Display Friday
Seven University of Maine undergraduates will take part in a research showcase Friday in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta.
The event, which includes undergraduates from all seven UMaine System schools, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. UMaine System Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James Breece will be on hand to answer questions. A handout profiling the undergraduate students and their projects on display...
March 14, 2012
Coral communities are frequently associated with warm, shallow tropical waters. Yet corals survive and thrive in both deep and cold waters of regions such as the Gulf of Maine, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Just like tropical corals, cold-water corals play an important role in creating habitats that support thousands of species of ocean creatures.
Corals found in deep seas, however, are much less frequently studied than their shallow cousins because the depths needed to reach coral...
February 13, 2012
Please see below a picture of Associate Professor Lee Karp-Boss from the School of Marine Sciences explaining to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon how and why the oceans are density stratified (illustrated using colored fluids). Karp-Boss has co-authored a whole booklet on such activities which has been published by The Oceanography Society, and is available in pdf form on the WWW in 4 different languages (see http://www.tos.org/hands-on/teaching_phys.html ).
February 3, 2012
UMaine Hosting ‘Nor’Easter Bowl 2012′ Ocean Sciences Competition
The University of Maine is hosting the ’Nor’Easter Bowl 2012 Regional Ocean Sciences Competition , a regional ocean sciences competition on Saturday, Feb. 4 with more than 100 top-achieving math and science high school students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMaine D.P. Corbett Business Building on the Orono campus, students will compete in a Jeopardy-like Nor’Easter Bowl,...
January 25, 2012
Tropical Fish…In Maine?
Maine-grown Picasso Clownfish. Photo courtesy of Soren Hansen
by Muriel L. Hendrix
Near the entrance of the 12,000-square-foot building in Franklin that is home to Sea & Reef Aquaculture, numerous tanks hold thousands of brightly colored tropical fish destined for pet stores and wholesalers across the United States. In some, duplicates of Finding Nemo’s hero, the Tomato Clownfish, swim around each other, each confident in its own space; in others,...
January 12, 2012
UMaine aquatic physicist Emmanuel Boss was quoted in a story on the website Miller-McCune about the use of robotic devices that are helping a researcher in California keep track of how tiny organisms and object travel in sub-surface ocean currents. Boss said if the devices work at a reasonable price, they could revolutionize oceanography.
January 5, 2012
MDI man builds reputation with whale bones
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
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Dan DenDanto removes a rib from a 50-foot-long right whale named Stumpy at his workshop in Tremont on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011.Buy Photo
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The front spine section a 50 foot long right whale named Stumpy hangs by a chain at Dan DenDanto's workshop in Tremont on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011. ...