Sea Grant Response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Sun, 10/17/2010 - 10:00

Extension and outreach is a big part of Sea Grant. The very nature of extension is to get information to the people on the coast, and to bring information and research needs from the people on the coast to the researchers and government scientists whose job it is to address the needs of the public. Because Sea Grant isn’t a regulatory agency, we have the flexibility to respond to sudden needs, which is exactly what happened after the hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Reporting from the Gulf Coast

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 10:43

by Catherine Schmitt

A few months ago I wrote a story (with Heather Deese) about potential effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Maine. One of the reasons why I wrote this story was to remind people that the seas and gulfs of the world are one big ocean. That’s why Earth is called The Blue Planet. The oceans are connected by currents and jet streams, and the birds, fish, and mammals who travel between them.

USDA Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Lobstermen

TAA for Maine Lobstermen

End-of-Project Update:

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) for lobstermen in Maine has come to a close. The federally-funded program began in September, 2010, in response to a petition filed by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) and the Sea Grant offices in ME, NH, MA, RI and CT, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on behalf of the lobster industry.

Hyper-local Sushi

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Sat, 09/25/2010 - 01:00

25 September 2010

by Catherine Schmitt

Rockland, ME: After a round of mojitos and Pemaquid oysters on the deck of The Pearl, we headed for an early dinner at

Suzuki’s Sushi Restaurant

The owner, Keiko Suzuki, is a woman who knows where her fish comes from. The servers will tell you, for example, that the mackerel special is from fish caught by Suzuki’s husband off the Rockland breakwater that morning.

Municipal Guide to Clean Water Keri Kaczor Fri, 05/14/2010 - 16:27

Publication cover: Municipal Guide to Clean WaterTourism and the shellfish industry are both integral components of the Maine economy and way of life. Yet elevated fecal bacteria levels in coastal waters may pose a human health risk, leading to closures of valued beaches and shellfish growing areas.

Shellfish Upweller Page

The following links and documents are intended to be resources for shellfish growers and others, relative to upwellers.  There is still a lot of innovation in the field, and new ideas coming along for techniques, materials, operations, siting and construction.

The Kennebec Celebration Dana Morse Thu, 04/01/2010 - 13:53

Formerly known as the Spring Running, the KENNEBEC CELEBRATION is heading into its seventh year as an annual festival geared towards “Celebrating the Spring Running and Life In, On and Along the Kennebec River.”  The event is free, family-friendly and typically takes place on the second Saturday in June on the grounds of Old Fort Western and the East Side Boat Launch in downtown Augusta.