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Archive: September 2010

NOAA Grant Funds New Socioeconomic Study of Downeast Fishing Communities

September 15, 2010

September 14th, 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...

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Ending the Oceans’ “Tragedy of the Commons”; UMaine Professor Co-Authors Study Based on Chilean Experiment

September 15, 2010

Contacts: Prof. Robert Steneck, University of Maine, (207) 549 3062,

Prof. Terry Hughes, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, +61 400 720 164,
Dr. Per Olsson, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 737 078 797,
Prof. Carl Folke, SRC, Stockholm University, +46 708 450102,

Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance...

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Randy Olson, Filmmaker and Scientist

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...

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Fathoming: Ancient Fish, Modern Methods

September 9, 2010

by Dr. Heather Deese and Catherine Schmitt


NOAA Fisheries staff collecting receiver data from Penobscot Bay 

Through the static comes a faint, metallicping! Getting louder now, 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...

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Whaling and Fishing for the Largest Species has Altered Carbon Sequestering

September 7, 2010

September 3rd, 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...

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