Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Seaweed ecology: what makes a healthy intertidal zone?

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:12

a rocky beach covered in rockweed
Rockweed covers the mid-tide zone on a boulder beach at Schoodic Peninsula.

More and more people on the coast of Maine are focusing their attention on seaweed. People are harvesting it, eating it, selling it, growing it, even going to court over who owns it. But what exactly is seaweed and what is its role in a healthy coastal marine environment?

UMaine graduates explore marine policy in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:17

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Knauss Fellows (clockwise: Bayer, Staples, and Rodrigue.)
The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three University of Maine graduates.

Skylar Bayer, Kevin Staples and Mattie Rodrigue join 54 fellow graduates nationwide who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.


Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:34

a group of people in a casual setting looking over a map
Photo: Nick Battista

Are you going to this year's Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 1-3, at the Samoset in Rockland, Maine? Then look for the Airstream parked out front and plan to step aboard and be interviewed! Every Forum attendee is welcome to hop on The First Coast's Airstream mobile recording studio to participate in oral history interviews conducted by students and professionals, all three days of the Forum (10 AM to 10 PM).

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:34

on the water view of a mussel raft in a bay with land in the background
Mussel raft in Frenchmen Bay.
Nothing beats a feast of Maine mussels, clams, scallops, or oysters. These shellfish are an important part of our coastal economy and Maine has some of the cleanest waters in North America for growing and harvesting seafood. So what is the deal with red tide and other biotoxins that have recently caused the state to temporarily close the harvesting and selling of some of our state’s most prized marine resources?

Understanding the biology and ecology of sea lice

Submitted by Webmaster on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:55
gloved hands performing a fish dissection under a light
Examining Atlantic Salmon for sea lice using dissecting scopes.

Guest blog by Catherine Frederick, a Ph.D. candidate in marine biological resources at the University of Maine.

Sea lice are a group of marine parasitic copepods with “direct” life cycles, meaning the parasite requires only one host for successful reproduction. The specific host varies by species, but none infect or are harmful to humans. So, what is their relevance and why do we care about their ecology?

Oyster Deals Around Maine this Season

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:37

oysters arranged on a bed of ice with a candle burning behind
Oysters are rich in zinc.

It’s cold outside and daylight continues to dwindle, but December is also a time of heightened activity with pre-holiday preparations and travel. There are plenty of opportunities to affordably indulge in oysters all along the Oyster Trail, as well as some deals for purchasing oysters for serving at home. Remember, oysters are a good source of protein and immune-supporting zinc—in case you needed another excuse.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: The World of the Maine Oyster

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:23

a plate of oysters arranged in a circle
Oysters on the half shell

From stew and stuffing to raw on the half shell, oysters are a popular seafood around the holidays. Maine-grown oysters have increased in availability and popularity in recent years, and are renowned around the world for their high quality. Still, many may wonder, what makes the Maine oyster so special? What does it mean to have the world be your oyster?

ASMFC Seeks Proposals For Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects Proposals Due February 1, 2018

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:37
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is requesting proposals to develop potential marine aquaculture projects in the U.S. Atlantic coast region. NOAA Fisheries, through the Commission, is making $450,000 available for the funding period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.